We’re human after all…
Struggling to find your flow? Let’s have a chat about how to be our best selves during a difficult time.
During this period of isolation and uncertainty, we strongly encourage work-life balance because we want you to look after your human selves, therefore, be your best selves. And I’m sure for some this seems like a pretty interesting concept hey?
Sometimes we just feel like working through that lunch break or planned afternoon iso-walk is the best option. But is it?
So on that note, here are a few hints and tips for happy high performers.
Your job is what you do, not who you are.
With so many messages on social media telling us to “love what we do” and “find a passion and live that” even high performers can fall into the so-called “happiness trap”.
Humans are more complex and brilliant than that, so if you find that you’re struggling with work-life balance, even though you love your work, give yourself permission to separate life outside of your career. Who knows, you might even have friends, a hobby or even the nothing box to give your brain a rest.
Create healthy routines for work to home transition.
It can be an easy, and bad habit, to stew over work, that client meeting, something that happened today. All that jazz.
And now that we’re all experiencing less of a commute (if one at all), it’s time to find new slow-down time in your workday. Set a calendar invite for some revamp time. This will be your bonus currency to invest in, and in most cases, the best time to drop some tracks!
A few more ideas for your revamp calendar invite:
- Listen to affirmations or inspirational podcasts, make it relevant to you.
- Plan to exercise straight after your work period. Yoga, meditation, Zumba! Any fitness to help smash the stress out of your day.
- Look out the window, read a book and let quiet creep in.
Know how to manage your mental barrier
Business is business and we all have our armour, and that’s ok. Yet being able to drop the armour when you finish your workday is the secret sauce. Close your eyes, take a few breaths and become present, wherever you might be. Enjoy making a healthy dinner, hang out with your bestie via HouseParty app, sipping some vino, whatever floats your boat. We can’t be robots all the time.
Practice mindfulness and build your self-awareness
There’s plenty written about this subject, it’s all about putting your own spin on wellbeing. Managing stress levels and separating your work life from life itself is key.
Mindfulness can help you to focus on the present moment, rather than the past. It’s a way to simply notice what’s happening around you and within you, less the judgement.
Some of the ways to practice mindfulness include:
- Start your day with a quick 5-minute mindfulness breathing session and start fresh.
- Do the same during ant part of your day when the heat is on at work; take a quick 5. Over time you will notice what state your body is in.
- Take 15 minutes to check-out mentally after you finish work for the day.
Work-life balance is a juggling act but practice makes perfect, treat your mind and body as a muscle and keep training.
Now you’re in business.