Key Essentials to Work-Life Balance and Avoiding Burnout

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The term “work-life balance” isn’t just a catchphrase that is here today and gone tomorrow. Work-life balance is essential to maintaining a healthy, happy life that keeps you from getting burned out at work or home. And our work-driven culture continues to suffer from a lack of balance. We want to give you some tips for avoiding burnout and creating meaning in both your career and personal life.

Turn to Exercise for Stress Relief

When it comes to stress relief, Huffington Post explains exercise can be more powerful than even the most effective antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. So if your work is causing your stress levels to go through the roof, exercise is the number one way to blow off some steam, get those endorphins pumping, and find a fresh outlook on difficult situations. 

Whether you are someone who already loves to be active or still haven’t found your “thing” yet, there are so many ways to glean the benefits of exercise. Join a rec basketball league, take a yoga class, get a membership a rock-climbing gym, or take your dog on daily walks.

Even if you don’t have time to commit to a lengthy workout every day, you can take the stairs at work, walk a lap around the office when your mind needs a break, park further from the entrance, or find a buddy to go for a walk on your lunch break. 

Getting a fitness tracker can be another great motivator to stay active. For example, the Apple Watch Series 4, for example, tracks your steps, monitors your heart rate when you work out, and reminds you to get up and move when you’ve been sitting for too long. It’s also sweat-, surf- and swim-friendly, so you can dive into your workout without worry. Alternatively, the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music is a wearable that is especially playlist-oriented, allowing you to download hundreds of songs, and you can use Bluetooth headphones while working out. It also has sophisticated tracking for all different kinds of exercise, along with extensive battery life, so you only need to charge it once weekly.

Prioritize Self-Care

Self-care is a buzzword that is so much more than just a buzzword. When we don’t prioritize taking care of ourselves, Healthline notes the results can be catastrophic, undermining both your physical and mental well-being in the short- and long-term. 

Self-care looks entirely different for each person. It’s all about figuring out what brings you life. For instance, your personality type and whether you are an introvert or an extrovert plays into the bigger picture. Introverts typically need to be alone to recharge while extroverts regain energy from being in a group. So for an introvert who works in an office surrounded by people, self-care might look like coming home, ordering in, and binging a new show on Netflix. For an extrovert, self-care can look like recruiting your buddies to go to trivia night at a local pub. 

Figure out what refuels you and make sure it happens, so you don’t get burned out at work. Squeezing it into your day can be tough, and if your work life is very scheduled, it can help to put time for self-care on your calendar. 

Find Meaning at Work

A source of stress for many people in the workplace is they may not be doing something they love or are necessarily passionate about, which can quickly lead to burnout. One thing you can do to find meaning at work if this is the case for you is to focus on relationships. Perhaps seek out someone you can mentor or someone who can mentor you. If you’re a businesswoman, you might want to join or start a women’s club in your workplace. For someone who’s a reader, maybe something more recreational like a running club or a book club.

Remember What’s Important

Everyone has to pay the bills, and of course, we all want to succeed. But sometimes we all need a gentle reminder that success is more than just a successful career. It’s also about remembering a good work-life balance is an indicator of a healthy and prosperous life.

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