Maintaining a Work-Life Balance During Summer
If you thought it was hard maintaining a work-life balance before these unexpected times, now many of us are still working from home, and the lines between working and relaxing may become blurry. How can you make sure you are not just working non-stop!
It's important to enjoy your summer, and even though your activities and travel may be limited, you still have to find ways to relax and have time off.
Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance this summer:
Get ready in the morning. Although we all love our PJ's and sweatsuits, getting dressed for the day and having a routine around getting ready can be an excellent tool for setting boundaries. Put on a cute outfit, do your hair and make-up, look good for yourself!
Set your hours and STICK TO THEM! If your hours are 9-5, then work from 9 to 5! I know it can be tempting to continue working through the evening or sleep in just five more minutes in the morning, but it is healthy to stick to a routine.
Pick a space to work. Having an area dedicated to working can help create boundaries. Make sure you are only using this space for working!
Take a lunch break. For your mental health, take the whole hour! Cook something or order-in, use this time for yourself. Taking a lunch break is proven to do wonders for mental health and even work productivity. Trust us on this one!
Do something in the evening. Do something active or with your family! The summer goes by in the blink of an eye and doing something fun every day will help slow it down.
Take your vacation days. You may not be able to travel right now as you used to, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take your vacation days. Plan a local trip or use the days to spend time with your family and friends. You're entitled to your vacation days. Use the time to relax your mind and create priceless memories!
Get outside! When working from home, it can be easy to spend a whole day without taking a step outside. Make an effort to go outside at least once every day.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance will pay off in the long run, the happier you are, the better you will perform your job!