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How to Create Work-Life Balance

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Creating balance in our lives can be challenging at times. There is a seemingly endless supply of obligations, excuses and loopholes that we allow to prevent us from living the type of lives we seek. The first step in breaking this cycle is to realize that you do, in fact, have a choice. Instead of assuming that you have to pick one or the other, why not choose both?

To that end, here are some tips to get you started.

How to Create Work-Life Balance

Juggling the demands of your work life with personal time is getting harder than ever. With constant phone and computer access, not to mention unemployment and financial worries, the ability to leave work at the office and give due attention to your personal life and well-being is harder than ever. Though it’s not always easy, work-life balance is essential to overall health and wellness.

  • Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer: Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. Try to empty your mind and take deep breaths before jumping into your day’s tasks.
  • Recharge your batteries: Make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, vacations and/or activities that help you recharge. This gives you something to look forward to you; plus it enhances your quality of life.
  • Make yourself a priority: Work stress and to-do lists aren’t going anywhere, so make your personal well-being just as important as your list of obligations and responsibilities.
  • Rethink your activities and personal interactions: Who or what in your life is sapping all your energy? If negative or gossipy co-workers and extra hours with little to no reward are sucking up your time and draining your energy, step away. Choose quality interactions and effective time management skills.
  • Move your body: If work is leaving you exhausted and fatigued, exercise! Though it may sound counter-intuitive, research shows that exercise can help you to be more alert, boost your energy level and improve your ability to concentrate.
  • Take baby steps: Work-life balance is not an ‘all or nothing’ approach to wellness. You don’t need to make big changes in order to bring more balance to your life. Focus on the small things, such as leaving the office an hour early or taking a 15 minute break to recharge, that will help you feel more productive, balanced and healthy.

Social activity (in addition to being a huge part of creating work-life balance) is just as important as healthy eating, physical activity, water drinking, low stress and proper sleep. Without regular social interaction, loneliness and isolation set in, negatively impacting your mental AND physical health.

Health Benefits of Social BalanceWork_Life_Balance

  • Improve Your Mood
  • Support and Encouragement to Reach Your Goals
  • Stress Relief
  • Community
  • Reduce Stress and Depression

How to Increase Social Balance

  • Schedule Time with Friends and Family
  • Try New Activities: Volunteer Work, Social Clubs, Fitness Groups
  • Connect with Old Friends or CoWorkers
  • Engage in Meaningful Conversation
  • Offer Compliments and Express Interest in Others

For additional, personalized support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health or reach out to Jodi directly. Be sure take a to look at the variety of nutrition plans, programs, detoxes and meal plans offered at Eat Clean Health and don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.

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Author: eat.clean.health.

Jodi Geigle is a board certified nutrition and wellness professional highly experienced in nutrition counseling, wellness program creation, effective client behavior modification, corporate wellness and large scale team leadership with an emphasis in operations, technology and start up culture. Jodi has been featured in Women's Running, Active.com and MindBodyGreen.

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