With the holiday season upon us, we’re shopping, sending holiday presents, hosting parties, and traveling, This in addition to full filling our typical responsibilities. With all the chaos, how much time do we actually spend with our families and friends? More than 40% of employees neglect other aspects of their life because of work, which may increase their vulnerability to mental health problems. The Mental Health Foundation reports that an estimated three in ten employees will experience a mental health problem within a given year. The best way to protect your mental health against the symptoms of work-related stress is to establish a healthy work-life balance.
In order to preserve your overall well-being, it’s essential to take some time for yourself each day. While it can be tough to find the time, here are three things you can do to help maintain balance:
- Take time every day to do something you really enjoy. This helps to keep stress levels down.
- Take care of yourself. Your spirits are higher and your productivity is greater when you feel well, so be sure to get ample sleep, drink plenty of water, and engage in exercise each day. Being healthy physically increases your tolerance to stress and reduces sick days.
- Set attainable goals for yourself. Manage deadlines by doing a little extra each day, rather than waiting until the last minute.
The holidays only come once a year. Take the right steps to maintain a work-life balance to have a happy and healthy holiday season!
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