Getting stuck in a long-term cycle of stress can wreak havoc on our minds and bodies, causing burnout. Luckily, there are solutions for a better work-life balance.
4 ways to a better work-life balance
1. Schedule flexibility
From mid-morning doctor appointments to afternoon jogs; having the autonomy to decide when you work can free up time for better self-care. Things like flextime, a 4/10 schedule or job sharing could work for you.
2. Location flexibility
Recent studies show that 80% of jobseekers want the option to live anywhere. And why not? Relocating without the stress of finding a new job can mean:
- Being closer to family
- Access to recreation, hobbies or better climate
- Avoiding commute times
- Enjoying a lower cost of living
3. Time for connecting
Isolation has a huge detrimental effect on health. It’s also been linked to higher levels of burnout. Remember the value of having a social support system at work. Even if you work remote, consider weekly coffee breaks with your team or even a quarterly retreat.
4. Define your own success
In past decades, a great job title or high salary meant success. Finding your own drive will bring a sense of purpose and satisfaction to your work. It can be as simple as:
- “I want to provide for my family,”
- “I want to have autonomy at work,” or
- “I want to give back to my community”
Help is a call away
Therapists can help with coping methods or guidance for navigating life challenges, burnout or any other stress factors. If you feel overwhelmed, your primary care provider can recommend where to start. It’s especially important to reach out if you have feelings of hopelessness or thoughts of harming yourself or others.