Our generation is emphasizing mental health and well-being more than ever before. In fact, self-care has become a +$450 billion industry, and it’s continuing to grow at a rapid rate. In addition, a 2020 survey revealed that nearly half of Gen Zs and Millennials ranked their mental health as their topmost or second priority in life.
So how do we stay positive when we don’t know when things will go back to normal?
Positivity doesn’t mean ignoring reality. It’s about knowing how to positively and efficiently handle challenges and hard times. Here are some helpful ways to keep your peace of mind and have a healthy work-life balance.
Set healthy boundaries.
The key to having a successful career while enjoying your personal life is a healthy-work life balance. Setting boundaries in every aspect of your life is important, but sometimes these boundaries are blurred. A prime example of this is how our work and home lives have been intertwined when we all started working at home full-time last year.
The line between personal life and work life has never been this unclear. The first thing you should do to create a healthy boundary is to list your priorities. This way, you will know how to efficiently and effectively allocate your time and energy. Make sure to include self-care on the list because being physically and mentally healthy is needed for you to function optimally.
A super important thing to do is to learn when to say no. We often feel obliged to say yes to everything even when we know we can’t handle all of the things we say yes to. Saying no means giving yourself more time to pursue the things that are most important to you.
Prioritizing your mental health and what you want to do is not selfish. Read that again! Putting energy into what you love is important to you, so spending more time on the people and things that make you happy will make you feel better about what you’re focusing on as well.
Monitor your stress levels.
In a survey about workplace stress, 75% of employees believe that people our current generation has more on-the-job stress than previous generations before ours. Stress is one of the main causes of mental, emotional and physical health problems. While we cannot avoid all of the stressors in our lives, there are ways to keep stress under control such as…
- Talking to a friend
- Creating time for fun activities/things you enjoy.
- Taking breaks during the day
- Using all of your vacation time
- Making time to practice gratitude to gratitude
- Scheduling time to relax and unwind
Manage your time effectively.
Knowing how to manage your time is not only important for productivity but also to achieve a healthy work-life balance. If you want to enjoy more free time, you have to master your calendar. Practicing self-discipline when it comes to time management can do wonders. Here are ways you can do improve your time management:
- Set a schedule and stick to it. Try not to stress when things don’t go according to plan, and practice reflection regularly so you can stay calm when those situations arise.
- Focus on your top 3 to-dos each day. According to Vinesh Sukumaran, a positive psychologist and a leadership coach, a clear method to focus on the essentials is to begin the day with 3 activities that, if accomplished, would set the tone for a great day.
- Take a break in between tasks to clear your head and reset.
- Eliminate distractions while working.
- Before finishing work and winding down for the day, write a to-do-list for the next day.
And finally, don’t forget the basics…
Taking care of our overall well-being will help us stay grounded and get more out of life during these uncertain times. We can take care of ourselves by setting healthy boundaries, monitoring our stress levels, managing our time effectively, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and eating right.
If you practice something that I didn’t mention and want to share it with me, I’d be happy to hear it! Shoot me a DM at https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilarycorna/ with any suggestions to add to my list.
In love and respect,