This week, you take you through 5 tips that Julia Hogan from Verilymag.com has for you to help you conceptualize how to achieve incorporate work-life balance into your everyday life. You may find Part 1 of the series here.
6. Take your breakfast
Skipping breakfast, snacking on a bag of chips for lunch, and nibbling on cupcakes from the break room is not a recipe for success. Studies have shown the importance of eating a protein-rich breakfast. Start off your morning with protein-rich foods like eggs, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, and whole grains. You’ll stay full longer and be more likely to make healthy choices throughout the day. There are lots of great recipes out there but try these 4 easy swaps to a healthier breakfast for starters.
7. Connect With Friends
This sounds obvious, but how many times do we go two or three weeks without seeing our favorite people? Quality time with friends reduces stress. But too often it falls by the wayside when life gets busy. Schedule time to meet with friends monthly. Develop a ritual, get pedis, meet for drinks, or go on a long walk and explore your neighborhood.
8. Communicate With Your Boss and Coworkers
Feeling overwhelmed at work can be a significant contributor to stress. It’s important to talk to your boss when you’re exhausted so that you can work toward a solution together. Check out these helpful tips for when you need to tell your boss you’re overloaded.
9. Sleep Right
We all know lack of sleep throws off work/life balance. New studies suggest that seven hours is the ideal amount of sleep per night. A nighttime routine can ensure you get the amount of sleep you need to feel energized and refreshed for the next day. Experts suggest going to bed at the same time every night and keeping your room in total darkness. Set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” or leave it in another room and use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake you up. A lavender-scented candle and reading before bed are relaxing additions to winding down for the night.
10. Stop Burnout Before It Happens
Burnout builds over time. Recognize the signs of burnout so that you will know when to put on the brakes. Irritability, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, a loss of appetite, decreased productiveness, and lack of motivation can all signal burnout. Prevent it by maintaing a healthy work/life balance. And if that means letting the laundry go for a couple days or having your groceries delivered to your door, then so be it. Your well-being is well worth it.
This post was originally published here on Verilymag.com in December 2014. TheYoungProfessionalGroup.com takes no credit for the work of the author.