Work-Life Balance: Tips to Manage Work Stress

Are you mentally exhausted with work?
Or anxious about the never-ending projects held by your department?
If both answers are YES, you are likely experiencing work stress’.

 
Figure. 1 Work Stress is actually fine

But don’t worry, having work stress’ is normal.
However, if you’ve been having it most of the time,
then it could also mean that you are not having the right “Work-Life Balance”,
Hmmm but wait, what is “Work-Life Balance” anyways?

 


Figure. 2 . Definition of Work Life Balance

“Work-life Balance” can be described as a healthy working environment, where employees are able to avoid mental illnesses such as ‘chronic stress’ or anything that may result to burning out in the workplace.

 


Figure. 3 . Examples of Work Stress

 

In order to manage the stress issues in employees, companies are investing more money into creating a sustainable environment around the office, ultimately focused on keeping their employees happy.
Because keeping workers happy will mostly translate into better work productivity.

 


Figure. 4. Anxiety

 

On the other hand, an employer’s job is not solely to make sure that you’re doing “OKAY” at work.
Why not we start with changing ourselves first, before allowing others to make changes for us.

Here are a few ways on how we can work on ourselves towards a healthier Work-Life Balance: –

Tip #1: Let go of perfectionism

  • Stop being an overachiever
    (Get the job done, but do not overdo it)
  • Strive for excellence, not perfection
    (Focus on effectiveness and efficiency)
  • Re-think how you complete your errands & chores
    (Learn to organize a list of priorities & try different approaches)
  • Know your limits
    (When we take on too much too quickly, it will most likely result in failure)


Figure. 5. Say “NO” to perfectionism


Tip #2: Unplug your life

  • Take time off from work
    (Turn off your work connections, no email checking every few minutes!)
  • Spend more quality time
    (Invest time in matters that are important and long lasting. Go offline when you’re with your loved ones)
  • Develop stronger habits of resilience
    (Have a greater sense of control in your life)
  • Plot some personal time
    (Always have something to achieve or look forward to)
  • Communicate for assistance
    (Get support from your manager, colleagues, or priority list people)


Figure. 6. Go “OFFLINE” Now!

 

Tip #3: Exercise & Meditate

  • Deep breathing or meditation
    (Breathe in…breathe out… 10 seconds in…15 seconds out)
  • Replacing other bad habits
    (Replace bad habits with exercise; Cut out things that add to your stress)
  • Short breaks throughout the day
    (Get some walk, take deep breaths, give thanks always)


Figure. 7. Exercise & Meditate

 

Tip #4: Limit time-draining activities

  • Draw boundaries & Identify your priorities
    1. Urgent & Important
    2. Important but Not Urgent
    3. Urgent but Not Important
    4. Neither Urgent nor Important
  • Manage your time; Plan everything in long term
    (Always get something done every week)
  • Do or fix things differently
    (Make up for your mistakes, Try to do something differently for once)


Figure. 8. Stop wasting time

 

Tip #5: Change the structure of your life

  • Implement tweaks to the current structure of your life to make things easier
    (Identify and cut off unimportant things that contribute to your stress)
  • Focus on activities that you can specialize in/value the most
    (Take charge of your life & focus on what you do best)
  • Make your workplace work for you
    (Keep yourself unrestricted; Be bold & brave but don’t get too comfortable)


Figure. 9. “Think Different”

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Shah Warma

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