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Reduce Stress with These 6 Tips for Home, Work Balance

October 23, 2014
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALife can get out of hand sometimes and it’s easy to get caught up in the vicious cycle of doing too much both at work and home. Before long both get overwhelming and neither are happy. Here are three tips each to helping keep home and work balanced.

Home:

1.Learn to designate. Are there children in the home? Unless they’re not yet crawling they can help around the home…designate! Having chores to do builds responsibility. Be sure to make it age appropriate. Even a 5 or 6 year old can help match socks (“what ones look alike/different?”) and there’s no reason a 10 year old can’t wash dishes by hand or unload the dishwasher. Many of us did – and lived! If the only other one in the home has a tail – minimize the chores!

2.Organize. What can you do to make things ‘flow’ better? Be it laundry, cleaning or whatever make it your goal to make it better. Consider it a management issue! Give it just 15 minutes per day working on it.

3.Have an “off duty” area or room. This might be a bath escape or a place to read or a room to do a craft. This is the “do not disturb unless there’s flames” area. Go there at least a half hour per day.

4. Take a walk – it doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Park at the end of the row and walk further to get in the store. Take a walk around the building or take a five minute time out to just *be* during a busy day.

Work:

5. Take five to ten minutes at the end of the day to prioritize for the next day. What has to be done when, and what non emergency but needs done things fill in the day? Try to leave your area, day, schedule ready to pick up in the morning and go.

6. Clearly communicate. Communicate what you need, what you need someone else to do, limit what you fit in the day. Overwhelm and unfinished tasks add to stress, not eliminate it! If you need more communication tips there are many resources online as well as entire books on the topic.

Keeping a balance is important. Not only does your mental health depend on it but physical health does too. Reducing stress makes a better and healthier YOU.

 

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