How to Find the Perfect Work/Life Balance. ♥

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

I don't know about you but sometimes I really do let work take over my life and forget that you're supposed to work hard, but play harder. It's really easy to work all day long, and come home & continue to let work consume you.

It's taken me years to get to the point where something a colleague said or a small mistake I'd made at work, didn't stay with me for days, and I'd worry about it all night for weeks, even after leaving work. It sounds ridiculous, but I'm a natural worrier anyway so when it comes to work, I work hard and I used to take things to heart quite a lot. I've learned over the years, not to take things personally, unless, somebody knows me, personally. Basically I'm getting good at not giving a shit. Don't get me wrong, I still work really hard, but I've also been working hard on leaving work behind and getting my work/life balance right, as I think it's really important to look after yourself, and not let work take over your life. It's taken me a long time to get my work/life balance right, and some days I'm still not there 100% but I'm trying, and I think that's all that matters, right?!

Blogging has been a great way in which I can leave work in the office, come home & write & do blog stuff and just generally escape from all the work craziness. Whether it be writing up posts, taking photographs or just reading my favourite blogs, my little corner of the web has become the perfect place to escape!

However work isn't always fairy lights & flowers, call the blogger police, but sometimes it's been such a bad day in the office, that I don't even want to blog. You know it's been a bad day if this happens. On days like this, I tend to have a huge hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows, light all the candles & relax whilst watching a bit of Netflix, maybe even having a lovely, LUSH bubble bath. I've also tried to be a little bit more social recently and even go for a catch up with a few of my girls or family, or doing something fun with my fiance. It makes such a difference to my mood instead of the usual: work, eat, sleep, repeat routine I'd been getting myself into.

I guess  I'm not the only one that finds it hard to find a happy medium between work and play at times. So I thought I'd share 12 of the ways, I've been finding the perfect work/life balance, without burning myself out, every, single day. ♥

♥  1. Have breakfast without checking your phone/emails on the go - I'm a sucker for a good scroll through Instagram whilst eating breakfast, whilst replying to twitter mentions, whilst replying to emails, etc. Although I've become pro at multi-tasking, I often forget that this is causing me to feel stressed and feeling like I can't keep up. So I'm trying to stick to a 30 minute free social media & phone/laptop ban while I allow myself to prep for the day ahead by having a good, hearty breakfast. Nothing sets you up better for the day ahead, than breakfast.

♥  2. Take a good lunch break - at least 30 minutes away from your desk, or work surroundings. Even if you go to a local coffee shop, and eat your lunch there, and escape the office or whatever. Just give yourself a break.

♥  3. Be brave & speak up when your workload is becoming too much - it doesn't make you weak. You've got to put yourself first at all times. Will that deadline you've got to meet by the end of the week, really matter in 10 years?

♥  4. Exercise to relieve stress - I am still working on this one, and a lot of the time after a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is go to the gym, so I find getting a little exercise in, in the mornings really works for me, and it's a fab way to the start the day. I've also been loving Yoga recently to relieve stress, it makes me feel so good and relaxed, which is perfect after a long day. I'm loving Yoga with Adrienne, which is completely free to use, on YouTube.

♥  5. Plan holidays/events outside of work, to look forward to - it sounds sad, but something that always gets me through work when I'm feeling stressed or I have a lot of deadlines to meet, is an upcoming holiday! I love having a countdown app on my phone that tells me how many days away my holiday or special event is, to keep me motivated! #YepI'mThatSad

♥  6.  Try to get a good nights sleep - this one speaks for itself. Nothing sets you up for the day ahead better. Aim for at least 8 hours sleep, every night. Put that phone down and stop scrolling girl.

♥  7. Make time for the things you love - At least an hour each day, whether it be blogging, reading, watching YouTube videos, sewing, drawing, playing an instrument, exercising, gaming, etc whatever you LOVE make more time for it, it will make you feel so good about yourself. Pinky promise! :)

♥  8. Make time for the people you love - life is way too short, and it's really important to make time for your loved ones, whether it be friends/family or both. Even if it's just a phone call, or a text to see how they are, it doesn't always have to be meeting up, just don't let work stresses, hours or commitments get in the way of showing & telling people how much you love them. It will also make you feel grounded and good about yourself.

♥  9. Have a routine and stick to it - I'm such a sucker for a good routine. I like to have really structured days, where I know exactly what I'm doing, what's on my to do list, and what my priorities are for that day. Sad, I know, but I can't cope if not and I end up burning myself out, trying to squeeze too much into one day. I even schedule in, down time, so for example, I'll relax from 7pm onwards, after I've completed my to do list and been to the gym. That way I'm not allowing myself to work past 7pm, I'm forcing myself to relax and have some all important "me time".

♥ 10. Invest in lots of candles & lovely bath products & take a good, old bubble bath- melt your worries away by lighting a good old candle, so that you can inhale your favourite scent and exhale your stresses, whilst relaxing in a good old bubble bath. This is one of my favourite things to do, to make time for myself and leave work and work related stress, in the office.

♥ 11. Leave work tasks and any thoughts about work, at work - says it all. It's easier said than done, but believe me, once you start trying to do this, you'll notice a huge difference in how you feel. Even if a thought of work, pops into your head when you're home, tell yourself, you'll worry about that tomorrow in office hours, now is your time to relax.

♥ 12. Take time to do absolutely nothing at all - my favourite way to forget about work, and relax is to do sweet nothing!

 If you haven't read it already I've written a post on ways in which I de-Stress every single, day. Many of the tips featured in that post, could also help you find the perfect work/life balance. You can read that post here ♥

And just a reminder, in case you didn't know already, don't take your job/career too seriously. I'm a real advocate of being a girl boss, and slaying your career, working hard and getting that paper, being Miss Independent and all that. I've always been a really career driven person, and I've worked hard to become established in my career, however I've realised that looking after yourself and actually living life, is really important. Keep working hard beauts, but just remember:

You can't do your job, if your job is all you do. 
Don't confuse having a career, as having a life. 

I hope you've found this post helpful. 
What are your top tips for finding the perfect work/life balance?


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