The concept of work-life balance has been a subject of debate for decades now, majorly because it is subjective and varies for person to person.
While someone might think a balanced life means managing to leave for home early enough to watch a movie with his family, someone else might define it as a schedule that caters to her inclination towards earning another degree. It can however be simply put as being able to manage time for important aspects of your life.
But one thing that is common in today’s lifestyles is that we all juggle many responsibilities and roles in our lives. At work, you might be a boss, a colleague and a mentor. At home, you might be a parent, a caregiver for an older family member, a sibling, a spouse or partner. When we neglect one or more of these roles, we can quickly feel out of balance.
It has been proven by researchers that when we don't feel in control of our time, illness and burnout can quickly follow, alongwith negative impact on personal relationships and self-esteem. Thus, it is crucial to build our strategies and make alterations in our decisions to cope with a disbalancing lifestyle.
One of the first things that most of us need to learn is to say "no." It might seem impossible, and we might be tempted towards putting every ounce of ourselves into work. But if we agree to attend every event, work on every assignment, or micro-manage, we might find ourselves with no time left.
Another thing that can be tried is to be more focused and avoid distractions. This will make us more productive and less time consuming. One can also step up their balance game by being flexible, like - working from home one day a week, or coming in and leave earlier, without compromising on quality of work.
Further, maintaining work-life balance most importantly requires us to be ardent about our priorities and be ready to give up something for the other and the most crucial aspect of leading a satisfying life is finding time for yourselves.
With realization and awareness reaching a vast majority, people are now stepping out of their life consuming cubicles by setting aside time every day for exercise, meals, sleep and things that they feel play an important role in reaching a state of equilibrium.
According to the statistics recorded by research scholars at the center of academic humanology, Minnesota University, in the last ten years, there has been a steep rise in demand of services like solo travel arrangements, retreats and meditation classes. A lot of people have also opted for different ancient and contemporary versions of yoga to establishing a work-life balance. Regular practitioners of yoga claim that it not only helps in maintaining general wellness in life but also helps to increase self-awareness and helps us explore areas outside of our comfort zone both physically and mentally.
Apart from Yoga, there are an ample amount of activities that you can opt for. But for starters, let’s begin with realizing that it’s time for you to stop existing and blissfully living through each second of your life and to take that plunge towards a healthy, happy life!