Last week we began our two part-series on how to achieve an effective balance between your home and work life by discussing tips on what to do at work. This week will we wrap up the series with tips on what you can do at home to help balance your life.

  • Turn off your tablet.B The same technology that makes it so easy for workers to do their jobs flexibly can also burn us out if we use them 24/7. By all means, make yourself availablebespecially if youbve earned the right to bflexb your hoursbbut recognize the need for personal time, too.
  • Divide and conquer.B Make sure responsibilities at home are evenly distributed and clearly outlinedbyoubll avoid confusion and problems later.
  • Don’t over commit.B Do you feel stressed when you just glance at your calendar? If youbre overscheduled with activities, learn to say,b no.b Shed the superman/superwoman urge!
  • Get support.B Chatting with friends and family can be important to your success at homebor at workband can even improve your health. People with stronger support systems have more aggressive immune responses to illnesses than those who lack such support.
  • Take advantage of your companybs Employee Assistance Program (EAP).B Many organizations offer resources through an EAP, which can save you precious time by providing guidance on issues like where to find a daycare center and caretaking for an elderly parent, as well as referrals to mental health and other services.
  • Stay active.B Aside from its well-known physical benefits, regular exercise reduces stress, depression and anxiety, and enables people to better cope with adversity, according to
    researchers. Itbll also boost your immune system and keep you out of the doctorbs office. Make time in your schedule for the gym or to take a walk during lunchband have some fun!
  • Treat your body right.B Being in good shape physically increases your tolerance to stress and reduces sick days. Eat right, exercise and get adequate rest. Donbt rely on drugs, alcohol or cigarettes to cope with stress; theybll only lead to more problems.
  • Get help if you need it.B Donbt let stress stand in the way of your health and happiness. If you are persistently overwhelmed, it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional. Asking for help is not a sign of weaknessbtaking care of yourself is a sign of strength.B (B) copyright Mental Health America)
Do you have any tips on how you keep things balanced at home? Share them with us!
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