A Guide to Finding Balance in Life and Work for Every Woman - 8 Things You Can Do Now!

PHOTO: DREAMSTIME

PHOTO: DREAMSTIME

by Christina Knotts

When it comes to balancing life, it can be a difficult task to do. Some of you are mothers, wives, in school, and are working women who are working either part-time of full-time jobs. Life can also throw at us so many curve balls, but somehow we always manage in knowing how to handle and deal with what has come our way. It may seem easy or like a cakewalk to others, but it’s not for those who are dealing or struggling with so many different things in their lives. 

It is so easy for us as women to get stressed or have this anxiety about getting things done on time. For a lot of people, the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance seems like an impossible goal. But it is possible to find that balance between work, school, and life in general. It is important that we take care of ourselves and not overextend ourselves in taking on too many projects at work or home. It is important that we rejuvenate ourselves now and then. It is important to know that you matter, and it is okay to ask for help now and then.

For a lot of people, the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance seems like an impossible goal.

Here are some 8 helpful tips that can be beneficial in finding that balance that we all need. 

1. Set manageable goals each day

Being able to meet priorities helps us feel a sense of accomplishment and control.  So be realistic about workloads and deadlines.

Make a to-do list and take care of important tasks first and eliminate unessential ones. Ask for help when necessary.

2. Be efficient with your time at work

When we procrastinate, the task often grows in our minds until it seems insurmountable. So when you face a big project at work or home, start by dividing it into smaller tasks. Complete the first one before moving on to the next. Give yourself small rewards upon each completion, whether it’s a five-minute break or a walk to the coffee shop. If you feel overwhelmed by routines that seem unnecessary, tell your boss. The less time you spend doing busy work or procrastinating, the more time you can spend productively, or with friends or family.

3. Take five

Taking a break at work isn’t only acceptable, it is highly encouraged. Small breaks at work or on any project will help clear your head, and improve your ability to deal with stress and make good decisions when you jump back into the grind.

4. Give yourself a break

Allow yourself to be human and just do the best you can. No one is perfect!

5. Don't overcommit

Do you feel stressed when you just glance at your calendar?Overscheduled with activities, learn to say,” no.” Shed the superwoman urge!

6. Get support

Chatting with friends and family can be critical to your success at home or work and can even improve your health. 

7. Stay active

Aside from its well-known physical benefits, regular exercise reduces stress, depression and anxiety, and enables people to cope better with adversity.  Schedule time for the gym or to take a walk during lunch and have some fun!

8. Get help if you need it

Don’t let stress stand in the way of your health and happiness. If you are persistently overwhelmed, it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness taking care of yourself is a sign of strength. 

- Christina Knotts. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Christina have been residing in Houston, TX for the past eight years. She admits that though she is new to the blogging world,  she believes it is important that women, in general, be there for one another to encourage and empower each other.