Navigating Work-Life Balance Over Christmas

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As another year draws to a close, it’s important to take time to reflect on all that y...

As another year draws to a close, it’s important to take time to reflect on all that you’ve achieved professionally throughout 2023. Your job is a huge part of your life and you should enjoy your career.  

That being said, it’s important to take time over the festive season to unwind from your busy year, returning to work restored and ready for 2024.

Creating a healthy balance between your career and personal life is a challenge, nonetheless critical in improving your physical, emotional and mental health, as well as your career health. Our desire to succeed professionally can leave us deprioritising our own wellbeing and often we don’t realise until we’re in the midst of it.

A good work-life balance has countless positive effects, including minimising stress and burnout, and promoting overall wellbeing. But how do you achieve a good work-life balance?

1. Prioritise your health

At the end of the day a job is only a job, and your health is the most important thing you’ve got. Overworking yourself if you are feeling unwell, whether this is mentally or physically, prevents you from getting better and could cause you to take more days off in the future.

Additionally, prioritising your health reduces stress and improves overall wellbeing.

This can be as simple as making time for daily or weekly exercise, this doesn’t have to be a two-hour stint in the gym, maybe it looks like a 30 minute walk during lunch.

2. Plan your time

Work-life balance is different for everyone and there is no perfect equilibrium. Some days you might focus more on work, while others you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones.

By planning your time when you’re at work, you stay focused and keep productivity up. When you work efficiently and constantly prioritise your workload it’s a lot easier to ‘clock out’ without feeling stressed.

Equally, you need to plan time with friends and family and not lie on the sofa all weekend because “work is so busy”. Although alone time is important too, spending time with your loved ones can be a fantastic source of energy.

3. Don’t be afraid to unplug

The world of work is evolving and the line between business and personal is becoming increasingly blurred. Technology has created expectations of constant accessibility. But is it necessary to check your emails during the weekend? Or on Christmas Day? How often does something come up that is so urgent it can’t wait until you return? We dare to assume; not very often.

Unless you’re a Director or another senior member of management that might be expected to be available during leave, it’s imperative that you prepare a handover and set your out of office when you go on holiday.

The whole point of taking leave is to turn off, decompress and recharge your batteries; always being ‘on’ isn't good for you. And remember, holiday days are a legal requirement for a reason – use them!!

4. Pursue a career you love

“Do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life” may be a cliché statement, but that doesn’t make it less true. It’s not healthy to get the Sunday blues every week, dreading going to work the next day.

Working might be a societal norm, and a necessity to put food on the table and roof above your head, but it should also serve you emotionally and help you grow as a person. Although work isn’t always fun, it’s important that you feel motivated, challenged and appreciated.

 If you feel like your job is draining you and preventing you from doing what you enjoy outside of work, it might be time to start looking for something new. We can help."

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