Article by Rev. Taruna Wadhwa, Delhi the Topic is 'Lifestyle'

Lifestyle by Taruna Wadhwa, Sarita Vihar, Delhi

For millions of working people, the dream of having a career and a personal life seems like a far away possibility. This is especially true in developed nations, where professionals frequently work overtime, neglect to take paid time off, and are locked into the cycles of workaholicism. It’s even more prevalent with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. It’s really not surprising that stress from working too much causes so many health and family problems.

We’ve known for several years that diet and exercise can help people maintain their physical health and live longer, but maintaining mental health is just as important. Lifestyle changes are a process that takes time and requires support. Once you’re ready to make a change, the difficult part is committing and following through.

Careful planning means setting small goals and taking things one step at a time. Here are some ways to restore work life balance, harmony to your lifestyle and that will help you make lasting positive lifestyles and behaviour changes. Make a plan that will stick. Your plan is a map that will guide you on this journey of change. You can even think of it as an adventure. When making your plan, be specific. Want to exercise more?

Detail the time of day when you can take walks and how long you’ll walk. Write everything down, and ask yourself if you’re confident that these activities and goals are realistic for you. If not, start with smaller steps. Post your plan where you’ll most often see it as a reminder. Change one behaviour at a time. Unhealthy behaviours develop over the course of time, so replacing unhealthy behaviours with healthy ones requires time.

Many people run into problems when they try to change too much too fast. To improve your success, focus on one goal or change at a time. As new healthy behaviours become a habit, try to add another goal that works toward the overall change you’re striving for. Put your personal health first. A large part of having work life balance is taking good care of your physical and mental well-being.

Eating a healthy diet, getting adequate exercise, and taking breaks can help you to remain healthy. This health translates to better performance when engaged in work or family activity. Learn to manage time well.

A poorly managed schedule can lead to work life overload fast. If you find yourself spending hours doing meaningless tasks, or repeating the same tedious activities over and over again, perhaps it’s time to take a look at what you can do to stop wasting time. Remember, we all get the same amount of time each day, so make the most of this to recapture work life balance.

We work with a number of clients to streamline and automate their business to save time. Prioritize your family, then work. Create your own personal time boundaries and stick to them. Ensure you build family time into your schedule and ‘me’ time and do not compromise that time. Don’t answer your phone or check emails. Keep the time devoted to your family to connect and focus. Do not be distracted by work obligations.

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