What we do with our time defines who we are and how we feel. Too much work leads to not enough relaxation or time with your family. Choosing not to take time for yourself leads to feeling overwhelmed and stretched too thin. Making the time for activities to balance your life will lead to a more productive and fulfilled life.
Leave Work at Work
The reason you work is to be able to live a life, not to go home and work more. When you are at home, spend time with your family, exercise, cook, read, enjoy hobbies, but don’t work.
Take Time for Yourself
Between work, family, friends and a home, it may seem that there is not much time left for anything else. However, if you schedule (on the calendar) time to do something that you enjoy each day you will be better able to give back to others through your job, family or volunteering. It does not have to be long, even 30 minutes to meditate, journal or read that book you’ve heard all about is enough to help center you.
Get 7-9 Hours of Sleep Every Night
You should be able to get everything that needs to be done in a day in 15 – 17 hours. Get that extra hour or two of sleep to give you more energy and focus during your waking hours. Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day (including weekends) helps develop your body’s sleep-wake cycle for better sleep. Do not use electronics with screens (smartphones, tablets, computers, televisions) 60 minutes before you are planning to go to sleep as the blue light emitted from them interferes with melatonin production and may keep you from falling asleep.
If you sit for extended periods of time, then exercise helps balance your activity level. Exercise reduces stress, improves sleep, helps control weight, improves mood and helps prevent diseases and health conditions. AIm for at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise (running, cycling, swimming) five times per week and weight train the whole body at least twice per week.