This blog has been written by Nikki Fischr, Personal Trainer and Admin Manager here at Unique Results.

“A work-life balance is the amount of time and focus a person gives their work versus other aspects of their life – whether it’s raising a family, hobbies, relaxation, or anything else”

Getting the right work life balance is more important than ever at the moment. We are living through strange and challenging times so it is very important to look after our mental and physical health.

Many more people are working from home now and having spoken to a few friends and members, they all say they are working harder and for longer hours than they did when they were in ‘the office’. As many no longer have the daily commute they are starting work earlier, finishing later and not taking a break for lunch. Allowing the work-life balance to tip too much to the work side is very likely to effect you physically, emotionally and financially.

What are the signs of an unhealthy work-life balance

A Mental Health Foundation survey found that nearly two thirds of employees have experienced a negative effect on their personal life, including lack of personal development, physical and mental health problems, and poor relationships and poor home life.

Some signs of not getting the balance right are:

  • you work all the time
  • you check and respond to emails late into the night
  • you don’t have a hobby or have time for your hobby
  • you are not exercising
  • you are constantly thinking about work
  • you are always stressed
  • you can’t say no to your job
  • you aren’t sleeping well
  • you never invest into personal relationships

How can you achieve a healthy balance

  • Create work / non work boundaries
    • Set a clear working day (eight hours)
    • Schedule a daily break/lunch away from your work space and take it in its entirety
    • Don’t check work emails on non working day
    • Use to-do-lists so you are not always thinking about work and having to remember things
  • Exercise daily
    • Whether it is going to the gym or going outside for a walk or bike ride, set aside time in your day. Being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life, lowering the risk of developing many longterm chronic conditions.
  • Set time for yourself
    • Give yourself a break to relax
    • Enjoy yourself at least once a day doing something you love – be creative, watch a movie, play an instrument
  • Learn to say no
    • It can be easy to overwork yourself simply by saying yes to every task that comes your way – but don’t feel like you have to do everything. Instead, figure out if you really have the time and energy by assessing your workload first.
    • Remember it’s OK to say no sometimes.

Remember getting the work-life balance right is not only a benefit to you, but to all your family, friends and your employer!! If you are happy and healthy you will enjoy life, be motivated and productive 🙂

Now go and level up those scales!!

Yours in health