Work and Life Counseling: Habits in Achieving the Coveted Balance

It is very difficult to fall and stay asleep if you are very anxious, ruminate on stressful things that happened in the day, or fixate on things happening in the future. — Megan MacCutcheon, LPC

Juggling and harmoniously blending the different roles in life is a talent on its own.  Achieving success in various aspects of your life will require hard work and a lot of strategic planning. There are no shortcuts to success. Many entrepreneurs and businessperson find fulfillment in their business because of various reasons: the working environment to the interaction with people both colleagues and customers. However, the realization of the industry shouldn’t be used as an indicative sign that all your time and efforts should be directed to this passion. It is always best to balance work, relationships, family and other pursuits with work. People who somehow reach a manageable and working level of balance between life and work share few tips on how to achieve the perfect balance.

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The Definition Of Balance

Balance is defined as a proportional distribution of weight which enables somebody or something to remain upright and steady. With work-life balance, the operative word is the ability to stay upright and steady. It wouldn’t necessarily mean equal parts. There would be instances where either work or personal life takes center stage depending on the circumstances. Be open to prioritize one over the other on some days and be okay with that decision.

Release The Fear

For the healthy balance between life and work to occur, one needs to let go of the fear of not being in charge. Learn to handle the fact that the company or business can function without your supervision 24/7. Hopefully, your colleagues or employees are trained to perform under minimal supervision. Learn to accept that there will take days where your to-do list is left unfinished. There is always another day for it.

Often, people can identify a parent’s, peer’s, or partner’s critical voice, and recognize that those critical voices may not be their own (or may not have started as their own). — Meredith Brown, LCSW

Setting Boundaries

If you allow work-related concerns to invade your time with family and another important aspect of your life, most likely you will notice an overlap of all these areas. Set firm boundaries on when you are available and not; through this, it will help you relax and unwind down during your off hours and avoid burnout. It is also showing to your employees or colleagues that work-life balance in the workplace is encouraged. In addition, it shows that overworking and suffering everything overwork is encouraged.

Shut Down Technology

According to different counseling sessions ranging from marriage problems to addiction, technology is one of the most common, and work-life balance is not exempted from this issue. We live in an era of “always on” culture.  Don’t play the helpless victim to technology. You have the power to turn off or put your phones in silent mode. This habit will be extremely helpful in maintaining focus during productive periods.

Master Your Energy And Productive Time

Every one of us has his natural energy cycles throughout the day. Take the time to monitor your sequences and accurately pinpoint parts of the day where you are most productive and laser-sharp focus. Also, detect the times where you instead lay in bed then spend another time working.

Set a reminder to recite a personal mantra, compliment yourself on your strengths, or applaud yourself! — Katie DiMuzio, LCSW

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Take A Break

Yes, you are busy with a lot of responsibilities on your shoulder, but you are entitled to take those vacation breaks. After all, if big corporations can allow time for vacations then so can you. If you need more professional help, BetterHelp is a good resource on this subject.