Maintaining a Work-Life Balance
They say there are two types of people in the world — those who work to live and those who live to work. It's seldom to see a modern professional work strictly between the hours of 9 to 5, with work responsibilities bleeding into personal time, and the line between work and time off becomes blurred. At Get Adjusted Chiropractic, we understand the importance of finding your perfect balance of work responsibilities and life activities. There is an ideal equity of both so that we're not all work and no play!
What is Work-Life Balance?
With all that said, it can be hard to understand what the appropriate — and practical — work-life balance is in 2020. Work-life balance is the division of professional obligations with personal endeavors or downtime. A successful work-life balance means one will not impede on the other. With many benefits, finding a way to maintain this structure can help you excel in all areas while being productive and having some fun along the way!
Keep Your Stress in Check
One of the most significant advantages of instilling a work-life balance into your daily routine (or motivating your employees to do so!) is burnout prevention. Burnout refers to prolonged, long term stress, often seen in professionals. Mostly, you're burning the candle at both ends! Burnout can cause mood swings, irritability, and decreased productivity. Most importantly, chronic stress is usually the cause.
"Stress, when chronic, can be more draining than physical stress," states Dr. Justin Lewis of Get Adjusted Chiropractic. "If employees feel overworked, it can lead to bodily ailments and make them more prone to chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease." Chronic stress is similar to burnout, in that a person experiences stress for so long and so consistently that it becomes difficult to eradicate. "While you might not be able to change some larger causes of chronic stress, it's vitally important to recognize those stressors," says Dr. Justin Lewis. "This way, you can incorporate positive coping techniques, like meditation and daily exercise, into your non-working hours."
When stress from work carries over into your personal life, it can be hard to find joy in either. It's crucial to fill your time with hobbies and activities that bring you happiness that are not work-related. A weekly lunch with friends, a favorite yoga class, or planning a game night force your mind to think outside of professional matters. "Schedule plans with friends, workouts, and even vacation time ahead of schedule," states Dr. Justin Lewis. "This not only gives you something to look forward to but allows for a mental and physical break from work."
With your mental wellness, it's critical to maintain proper physical health with daily exercise and nutrition. Fuel your body with healthy food and unplug from the internet to give your mind a rest. "It is incredibly important to set boundaries with yourself and within your workplace," explains Dr. Justin Lewis. "This way, you can truly leave work at work."
Prevent long term pain with Get Adjusted Chiropractic! Book an appointment online today or call our office at 845-809-8300 to schedule a visit with Dr. Justin Lewis.