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Life-work balance: What is the right strategy?

Source | LinkedIn : By Vritti Sehgal Arora

Does the topic surprise you? Should ‘Work’ precede ‘Life’? Are you ready to question yourself – what matters more to you ‘work’ or ‘life’?

‘Work’ till some time back used to refer to the means of earning a livelihood. ‘Life’ on the other hand is all about health, family, love, passion, leisure, spiritualism and a host of other things.

While work becomes the biggest priority during the initial years of professional life for some people, for others it remains the biggest priority all throughout their life.

While there are no one-size-fits-all formula to achieve this.There are some ways to do a self-analysis and find a suitable answer for yourself.

Often there are too many symptoms of a life-work balance gone topsy-turvy. Feeling stressed out, excess fatigue, continuous health issues, mood swings and sudden bursts of anger are all a part of this exhaustive list.

In this competitive world, everyone is juggling multiple activities at the same time. Stretched timings at work to beat competition have taken a toll on personal life & relationships. Doctors and medical researchers believe that the rise in different kind of mental and physical illness has a direct connection with continuous pressure from work and home.

Some companies have come with very new and innovative ideas to help their employees cope up with this imbalance. While it is good that there is so much research being carried out on this topic but there are some very basic steps that can be inculcated by you to maintain the balance:

A) Take out some ‘me time’: This is the time which works as a stress buster. Anything that makes you relaxed can be put under this category. It might be spending time with family or friends, take leaves and break the monotony of work, take vacations with people you enjoy with, read a book, watch a movie or favorite channel on television.

B) Switch off the mobile for a few hours: Though businesses now work almost for 24 X 7 and you might be holding a very crucial position at office but it can’t harm to keep your phone switched off for a few hours. Set expectations and go offline for a few hours every day. You can do this preferably when you sleep. You may also dedicate this time to family.

C) Cultivate a hobby: There is nothing better than doing what you love to do. Your mind gets rejuvenated and re-energized when you involve yourself in a hobby that is self-fulfilling. This also gives you the stability that you may otherwise lack in an ever changing work scenario.

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