23 Sep Balancing Work and Play
Getting the right work-life balance can be tricky. I know from my own personal experience that it can be hard to fit everything in. I’m a single parent with thriving businesses as a women’s empowerment coach and Regional Director for a female business networking organisation. I also have friends to see, family to visit, exercise classes to get to. Sometimes – okay, often – it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. And, to be honest, that can sometimes leave me feeling overwhelmed and downright exhausted.
That’s when I have to remind myself that much as I absolutely love my work, it’s important to take time out to enjoy the non-work part of my life. Playing outside with my son. Laughing with friends over a glass of wine. Having a meal with my parents. Or even doing something joyfully simple like colouring in one of my son’s books!
The work-life balance
Every time I set time aside to do something outside of work, I’m reminded why it’s so vital to my wellbeing. I start to feel any pent-up stress slipping away and I feel brighter, clearer, energised. And I wonder why on earth I don’t do it more often!
This week is National Work Life Week, so it’s the perfect opportunity to start thinking about your own work-life balance. Are you leaving yourself time to exercise? Do you eat healthily – or do you rush from one meeting to the next fuelled by caffeine? And if you have staff, do you encourage and inspire them to get the balance right in their life too?
We’re all busy being brilliant businesswomen and as we all know that can sometimes mean long days and maybe even longer nights (yes, hands up, I’m guilty of burning the midnight oil). But if we’re going to keep being brilliant, we need to get balancing. So when you’re organising your diary, get into the habit of scheduling in some ‘me’ time – and commit to it. It would be all too easy to simply cancel that appointment to meet a friend or go to a yoga class, but then you’ll be denying yourself the downtime you need to refresh, reboot, reinvigorate. I for one know just how beneficial that can be.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some books to colour in…