Achieving work-life balance: The secret behind a healthy work-life integration

August 24, 2020

Charnice Blaize, Founder of Blaized, explains why achieving work-life balance isn’t exclusive to gurus. In fact, everyone can find their healthy work-life balance if only follows the four steps below. 

Finding good work-life balance can be very difficult, as we don’t tend to focus on our own self-wellness until it’s a bit too late. That was the old us. The new us is self-aware and understands the importance of wellness and not only how it can make our lives a more pleasurable experience, but that the benefits of investing in our wellness can trickle down to all the pies that we have our fingers in. In short, investing in your wellness will improve the outcome of your business.

Many often ask about tips for a better “work-life balance”, however, we are all very aware that work is part of our lives, so it can be hard to separate the two. Especially now as for a lot of us, our home has become our new office. This is where a work-wellness balance comes in. A work-wellness integration is the ability to identify when you need a break/scheduling in work breaks and how to invest and treat your mind during this time out. It’s about understanding that your wellness reflects in your work and therefore you need to put the time and dedication into yourself to get the best results. Taking time for your wellness should not be a chore, it’s a time for you to relax, recharge and rejuvenate before going back to the grind again.

Finding the healthy Work-Life balance

It’s super important to understand that achieving work-life balance is different for everyone and therefore you must not look at others to decide what you should/shouldn’t be doing. Finding a healthy work-life balance is all about being self-aware and prioritising your mind over your business. Identify how you work – Are you someone who works better in small but intense bursts and therefore you will invest into your wellness in-between the bursts of work? Maybe you prefer to work over a set period of time, and then will take a longer mind break to balance it out. Once you identify your work pattern, then think about how your breaks are likely to fit within that.

Setting the boundaries

Once you’ve identified how often a “mind break” can be incorporated within your schedule, it’s important that you be strict with this. If you said that Sundays are no-work, no-devices day then you must respect that and encourage others to respect that too. If 8pm onwards is time for you then 8pm must be the cut-off point and no later. Voice where your boundaries lie so people are aware and encourage people to set their own boundaries for time out for mental wellness so that they too can reap the benefits that you have discovered.

Finding the wellness that works for you

We’re not all meditators and yoga gurus, and that’s fine. It’s about finding ways that you can connect with your mind, body and soul, in a way that you enjoy. This can be from heading our on a  walk, indulging in your essential oils while winding down to some music, or having a read of your favourite book.

The power of self-investment in managing work-life balance

There are a variety of activities that you can do to invest in your wellness from the more traditional meditation, yoga, sound-baths, rest and reading to more ‘out-there’ activities like wellness holiday retreats, CBD and other essential oils, boxing etc. Try to pick an activity that takes you away from devices and screens.

Investing in yourself and your wellness is the best thing that you can do, so it’s important to be aware that working hard comes from a working mind, and to be at its best potential, it needs time to rest and rejuvenate. Your healthy work-life integration starts now.

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