Counteract potential burnout by making more time for activities and people that make you happy.
Do you also find it more difficult than ever to combine work and private life? You're not the only one!
Many people work extra hours, are under a serious workload or are even on standby 24/7. It's getting harder and harder to find a balance. On top of that, there is also heightened stress associated with recent inflation or possible layoffs at work. "People logically become afraid that it would happen to them too and work extra hours," says psychologist Robert.
But even if you have little control over the hours you have to work, ask yourself: What other ways can I bring more joy and optimism into my life? Only 1 advice counts here: "Focus your time and attention on things you do have control over."
Below you will find five tips to find more balance in your daily routine:
- Plan free moments.
When you draw up a weekly schedule, make it a habit to schedule enough free time. This with your family and friends, but also for activities that help recharge your mental battery.
When a night out with your partner or a sports game with friends is on the agenda, you have something to look forward to. Proactive planning provides an extra incentive to take up more earned time off.
Michael gets up 3 hours earlier every day. "Many of my friends wake up, take a shower and go straight to work. They often complain that they don't have time to do anything," he says. "I notice that if I get up 3 hours earlier, I have a more productive and quiet working day. And certainly notice the difference if I don't."
- Drop activities that take up your time or energy.
Many people waste their time and energy on activities/people that do not add value to their lives. For example, conversations with that one colleague who is constantly gossiping. Marlyne, a psychologist, gives her advice: "List up activities/people that don't bring extra value to your life and limit the time you spend on them."
You may even be able to retire early if you limit the time you spend with that one colleague. We often get sucked into our routines. These routines make us less efficient, without us realizing it.
- Rethink household chores.
Think about time-consuming household chores that you can possibly escape.
Do favors for friends more often! Offer someone else to do things you like or plan to do anyway. "For example, you could mow someone else's lawn in exchange for babysitting services," says Marlyne. But also having your groceries delivered can save you a lot of time.
- Get moving.
It is difficult to make time for sports when you have a busy schedule. Still, it can ultimately help you be more active in everyday life. This because it increases your energy level and concentration.
Bieke, a lawyer, goes to the gym 2 or 3 mornings a week before her family wakes up. "It's a real boost," she says. "I feel like I'm thinking more clearly."
- Remember that a little relaxation already has a big impact.
Don't think you have to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. Marlyne recommends setting realistic goals, such as leaving the office early one night a week.
"Slowly schedule more free time," she says. Maybe you can start dedicating 1 hour a week to your favorite hobby. Even during a hectic day, take a 10 or 15 minute break to do something that recharges your battery.
Pharmacist Dirk Christiaen
Founder of Metis Supplements