Do you find yourself caught up with one aspect of your life? If that’s the case, it probably means you’re missing balance. Balance is one of the most important things in life.
Typically, work takes precedence because it pays the bills. Has that been your experience? Are you so caught up with work that your social life suffers tremendously? If so, it’s something you can attempt to change.
In order to have peace of mind, it’s important to allow yourself time to do things other than work.
Take a look at some of the things that can happen if you lack balance in your life:
1. Constant stress. Allowing room for nothing but work increases your exposure to stress. If every second of your day is spent meeting deadlines and satisfying customers, you’ll likely feel on edge.
* Set a cut-off time for work. Let that time coincide with the end of your work day. Avoid worrying about work when you’re away from the office.
2. Sleeplessness. Sleeplessness goes hand in hand with stress. Give your mind time to unwind or you’ll wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to bed.
* Going to sleep with work on your mind keeps it in your subconscious, preventing a restful night’s sleep.
* When work leads straight to bed, you can count on still feeling stressed in the morning.
3. Lost friends. If you fail to set aside time for friends, you’ll lose them. Friendship involves periodically checking in, even if you’re unable to see each other. It can be detrimental to your friendships when time isn’t allocated for social purposes.
* When you work too much, you end up forgetting special occasions. The easiest way to lose friends is to forget a birthday!
* If you’re constantly at the office, it probably means nobody can contact you on the phone. And a get together can be nearly impossible.
Now, take a look at how dramatically your life can change when you make time for a social life:
1. Relaxation counteracts stress. One of the first steps to an enhanced social life is to avoid taking work home. Use home time for activities that relax you and relieve stress. Put your feet up or watch your favorite comedy. These things help prep your mind to handle work tomorrow.
* Make time for some of your favorite things, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. Anything that breaks the monotony of work helps.
2. Extra energy. Finding a balance between work and a social life ensures you have enough energy for both. When you end up looking forward to something, you naturally get excited.
* When you build up positive energy, even things like exercise can fit into your schedule. And exercise is an important balancing activity!
3. Strong friendships. Your social life ensures you maintain great friendships. Making time for friends means opening yourself up to their experiences and sharing your own. These are the things that make these types of relationships blossom!
* As you transition from workaholic to balanced individual, use a calendar to help you remember special occasions. Ease yourself into your new modus operandi.
It’s important to note that the aim isn’t to overdo socializing! Remember your goal is to incorporate balance into your life. Exposing yourself to just enough of everything is important.
Take your time with the transition. Give yourself the opportunity to experience something else besides work. Your body and mind will benefit greatly!