Trying to juggle work, home and your social life? As our lives become increasingly hectic with the pressures of meeting career demands and family commitments, we can sometimes forget about our own wellbeing.
Here are some great tips from Lifewise to help you avoid exhaustion, anxiety and depression.
1. Be flexible
Simply making rigid rules to stop work each night at a certain time might not be realistic if you are working to a deadline or are struck by creative inspiration. Something much more workable might be to make a rule that if you have to work late on Tuesday that you block out Wednesday night to spend time with your friends or family.
Remember it's not about making everyday perfectly balanced, some days are hectic and that's life. However there should be overall balance in your week so that the hectic times are balanced out by some well deserved time out.
2. Let go of being perfect
Perfectionism can be a crippling trait. The pressure to be perfect comes from the high standards we impose on ourselves and the high standards our society imposes on us. Ultimately there is no such thing as perfect so if you are trying to be perfect all the time you are setting yourself up to fail.
Prioritising can be a really good way of managing perfectionism. Ask yourself what is the most important thing that needs to be done today and what can wait until tomorrow, the next day or next week and then go from there.
3. Do something pleasurable every day
There are tasks you have to do each day and hopefully most of them will give you some satisfaction or sense of achievement once you have completed them. But it's also really important to set aside some amount of time each day, no matter how little, to do something pleasurable or that you enjoy that's just for you. It doesn't have to require a lot of time or effort; it just has to be a regular time that you get each day to unwind.
Take some time today to think about what kind of exercise you like and what is realistic for you to fit into your life. It can simply be taking public transport instead of your car to work a few times a week, going for a walk with a friend or taking a dance class.
Try to aim for about half an hour a day, even if it's in 5 minute intervals of walks around the block if you are having a busy day. You can always start small and work up to achieving bigger exercise goals.
5. Enjoy your successes
Have something to look forward to. Whether it's planning a holiday or a picnic with the family it's really important that we take the time out to enjoy where we are at in our lives with the people that matter most. Every night, write 3 things you are grateful for or proud of yourself for. It’s vital that you make time to enjoy the life you work so hard for.
For more tips and advice for your wellbeing, check out our fantastic health section.