Do you ‘work to live’, or ‘live to work? Sometimes, being asked that question is all it takes. Just having someone to chat with about how to deal with stress can make all the difference. And whether you’re the one seeking advice or giving it, the following tips will make coping with stress that much easier:
1. Make an exercise plan
Turns out mum was right – if you’re feeling things are getting on top of you, just go outside and do something! It's hard to make time for exercise when you have a to-do list as long as your arm, but exercising should be near the top of that list. Not only does exercise make you feel more alert and energetic, but it also gives you a great excuse to leave the office at lunchtime for that run or yoga class.
2. Remember your passions
It can happen to all of us: we get so fixated on our job or on climbing the corporate ladder that we forget what drives us in the first place. It’s important to keep your goals in sight, and to strive towards what creates meaning and purpose in your life.
3. Remember ‘me’ time
Coffee with the girls, reading a book or time to tinker on the car … ‘me’ time is many different things to many different people, but it’s fundamentally the same thing: time for a little alone time, spending it how you want.
And no, it doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent or partner for wanting a little private downtime. It just means you’re human.
4. Drop activities that sap your time or energy
Many people waste their time on activities that add no value, so take special note of activities that don't enhance your career or personal life, and minimise the time you spend on them. It will not only help clear your head, but your schedule too.
5. Remember family time
Before catching the news on TV, check in with your family and see how their day went. The little victories, the challenges, the ups and downs – it’s important to have this time together away from any distractions.
The right work-life balance is an important and worthwhile goal, especially when life seems to barrage us with constant problems.
If you are new mum swamped under the pressures of day-to-day living, you might want to consider your option of being a stay-at-home vs paying for childcare.