Managing work and home simultaneously, being present for your relationships and taking care of other responsibilities can be stressful.
Let alone socialising, being consistent with your self-care regimes, kids, hobbies or investing time in building your side hustle.
Finding the right work-life balance for you keeps you in the best physical, mental and emotional state possible. Especially the current moment, when our freedom to move around is restricted, and we have to work from home.
Working urbanites reported having felt the weight of the past 12 months on their mental health. According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey, over half a million Malaysians felt that their mental health was negatively affected due to the repercussions from the pandemic and working from home, causing them depression, stress and anxiety.
Millennials also say they struggle to balance their work lives with their personal lives.
We are sure a lot of you could be feeling the same. Are you struggling to create boundaries between work and personal?
Try to find the best practices that can help you find this balance.
If this is something you want to prioritise but you are not sure where to begin,
Have you noticed a blurred line between your lunchtime and a zoom meeting that is about to begin at 2 pm? Many of us take advantage of the flexible working hours while we are working from home. Now, as much as it is one of the perks it offers, you may find yourself trying to juggle between your activities, missing lunchtime, working until late hours due to the absence of a well-planned day and schedule.
Working from home removes all the regular structures that used to make up our days. Whether you were traveling to work, stepping out for lunch or with coworkers, the time we spent away from our workspaces was incredibly valuable for our productivity.
Let's get back on track! Plan your day, sleep and wake up early. Plan a schedule that creates more definitive boundaries between work and life.
Sit for a real lunch break, sign up for an evening yoga or meditation class. Get rejuvenated from the power of a sound healing session.
Learn to talk about how you feel to someone close to you.
Suppose you have something to look forward to; you will tend to be more productive during your workday. Having plans after your given working hours will help you set better boundaries about when you finish work and your availability after work hours.
We live in a timeline that requires us to be more present on our social media platforms and online. Now that we are working from home, our digital devices' need and usage have increased to help us stay connected with each other. Our digital appliances' help us thrive during this time, but it also comes with a downside.
Most of us are addicted to our devices. Studies are just beginning to explain smartphone use's effects on mental health and its linked to anxiety and depression. It describes how social media's overuse can become a tool of distraction to divert ourselves from stressful thoughts or feelings. This pattern may take a toll on your problem-solving and decision-making skills over time.
You can start by limiting the usage of your phones. Most importantly, before bed and 1 hour after you wake up. The light from your phone screen can suppress your brain's melatonin production, an important sleep hormone, and hence, disrupting your sleeping pattern.
Consider time away from mindless scrolling and once it's after your working hours, keep your phone and laptop away.
Stay present and spend time with your loved ones.
Bring in more self-love into you. Prioritise yourself, your time and the way you live your life daily.
Meditation is a practice used by many of the most successful people in the world and it can help you decrease stress, lower blood pressure, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
One of the most common mental health issues we are facing right now is the increase in stress and anxiety. Our 24/7 hustle and also with the rise of uncertainty, have contributed to this. Meditation lowers cortisol levels — the stress hormone —which helps you feel more relaxed and present.
Meditation is about acknowledging everything coming to your mind without chasing it or controlling your mind. It's all about allowing, flowing, and surrendering to what is to come. Eventually, your mind will get into complete stillness and stability.
Just by meditating for 15 to 20 minutes a day, you will be able to see a significant improvement in your mental health, levels of burnout, depression, stress and anxiety.
2020 was the year to learn and adapt new ways of living and surviving, and 2021 will be the year to implement what you have learned and to focus on our mental health. As much as your physical health is important, your mental and emotional health needs a lot of attention and care as well, in order to live a better live and to perform exponentially.
Start slow and allow yourself to take the first step to improve your mental health, to love and care for yourself more.
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