The government-funded group Health Direct has given some timely advice on the work/life balance
Know your values
Spend some time thinking about what is important to you in life. How much time do you actually spend on the most important priorities? Consider your passions and interests and make time for the things that make you feel alive.
Diaries, calendars, apps and to-do lists are all useful strategies. Keep track of where the time goes, and cut down on unnecessary time wastage. Shop online, reduce commuting time or avoid non-essential meetings.
Set limits on your work time and set time aside for other aspects of life. Switch off the phone, limit your access to work emails, go internet-free for a while. Learn to say “no”.
Enjoy your work
“Do what you love, love what you do” has become a popular catch-phrase. While all work can be tedious or stressful at times, if you really hate your job or if it is making your life impossible, consider changing jobs or even careers.
Consider your finances
Do you really need a new car? Could you be happy living in a less expensive home or location? Research has shown that once our basic needs are met, a higher income does not lead to happiness. Spending less money could mean fewer work hours and more time for a fuller life.
Positive relationships and social support have been identified as building resilience to cope with stress, but these take time to nurture and develop. Prioritise time with your family and loved ones.
Regular exercise has proven benefits for reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Get enough sleep at regular times, eat healthy food, drink in moderation and avoid illegal drugs. PCYC can help with this with various clubs offering fitness classes, find your nearest club here: https://www.pcycnsw.org.au/find-a-club/
Sometimes, rest periods are important to recharge the batteries. Schedule a regular time for yourself each week, read a book, do nothing, go shopping or do an activity you enjoy.