I started a new job two weeks ago and these two weeks have been full of new things and excitement. I really feel like I’ve found a job I want to do and that helps me to learn valuable skills and to take the next step in my career. But honestly, these two weeks have also been a bit overwhelming and stressful. Whenever you’re going through major life changes, you get stressed up, even if the change is a positive thing.
For example, I’ve noticed that I have this weird feeling of urgency even when I’m at home. I also keep doing all kinds of things like working out, blogging, reading career related blogs and checking my work inbox in my free time as well. I keep telling myself that I need to accomplish all kinds of things when the only thing I need to do is to stop and breathe for a while. That’s something I’m currently practicing.
Sometimes all you need to do is to lay on the couch watching Netflix. Sometimes that’s really good for you. We all need some breaks and time to relax. It’s not all about work, you know. Even when you love your job, you need to take a break. And that’s the thing I’m focusing on this spring. I need to learn how to stop and do nothing.
How to take care of your work-life balance?
Living a well-balanced life is my main goal in life. I want to have a career that helps me to live that ambitious life I’ve always dreamed about. But I also want to explore the world, laugh a lot and spend time with people I love. This kind of balance isn’t always easy to maintain. Here are my best tricks for that.
Create routines and stick to them
I’ve noticed that creating strict routines and sticking to them actually helps me to live more balanced life. I wake up at 6 am every morning, I work out 3 times a week and I go to sleep at the same time every night. Of course, there are days when I’m too lazy to get up before noon and nights when I stay up until sunrise. But most of the time I stick to my routines.
I understand that routines may sound very boring, but actually, when your life gets busy and stressful, it’s good to have something boring, familiar and normal in your life. And that’s why routines are good. Having strict routines and habits also helps you to focus on the real stuff. When you don’t have to decide if you’re going to work out today or not or if you’re going to go to bed at 10 pm or not, it helps you to stay focused. It’s actually a proven fact that making decisions makes you feel overwhelmed and exhausted. That’s why you should minimize your decision making and having clear routines helps with that.
Have some hobbies that have nothing to do with your job
Nope, your hobbies don’t need to support your career. Hobbies exist just to make you feel happy and relaxed. That’s why it’s so important to maintain hobbies that have nothing to do with your career or self-development. If you don’t have any hobbies yet, I encourage you to try something new that doesn’t benefit your career at all. Do it just for fun. This is what work-life balance is all about.
For example, I love to crochet. It has definitely nothing to do with my current job and crocheting doesn’t help me to develop any career-related skills. I crochet just because it helps me to relax and because it’s fun. Another thing I love to do is to ride. Horseback riding has been my hobby since I was 6 years old. I haven’t done it much lately, but everytime I ride, I completely forget everything else. This is what I call relaxation!
Take some time to do nothing
Binge watching Netflix isn’t as bad for you as you probably think. Sometimes it’s all you need. Stop, take a deep breath and do nothing. Of course, doing nothing is different for everyone. Read a book, watch a movie, meditate, practice some yoga or have a walk with your dog. Just have some time alone, thinking and doing nothing special. This really helps you to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
So how do you maintain a great work-life balance? What kind of tricks you use to reduce stress? I’d love to hear your thoughts!