1. Feeling like you have too much to do, all the time.
You are probably trying to juggle all sorts of things right now; friends, family, hobbies, work. All of them are important to you but they are starting to slide underneath your feet.
Take some time and think about what is the most important to you. Learn to say no to things – it’s okay if you cannot stay late at work because you’re playing tennis with a friend.
2. Feeling tired and/or sleeping less than seven hours per night
Sleeping badly is a sign of stress. If you are struggling to get to sleep or to stay asleep, then it could be a sign that your work-life balance is out of check. Exercise is a great way to maintain a healthy sleeping pattern. Try and fit in a 20 minute walk each day to get your body moving. The fresh air will be great for you!
Of course, perfectionism can be great for getting us noticed at work but sometimes it’s for the wrong reasons. You may be so afraid of ‘failing’ that you try and get every detail correct and end up missing a deadline. In fact, mistakes can teach us some of the best lessons.
4. Feeling unable to spend time with your friends and family
Your work-life balance is definitely out of touch if you have no time left over to spend with your loved ones. Think about it, does your laptop or phone see you more than your partner does? Reserve your bedroom for relaxation and fun. Don’t take any technology into the room with you – it’ll also help you to sleep better!
5. Feeling irritable
When you do find time to spend time with your friends and family, do you feel unusually irritable? This might be because you’re not getting enough ‘me time’ as a result of your unhealthy work life balance. Reflect on your current priorities. Don’t just think about what you should be doing, but what you want to be doing. Use my day planner to plan out your ideal day. Balance work with your home life and try and stick to it for a week.
6. No time for self care
Are you struggling to find the time to pamper yourself? No time for a hair cut? No time to have your nails done? No time even for a relaxing bath on a Sunday evening?
Taking some time for yourself could make all the difference to your wellbeing. A little treat every month will give you something to look forward to and help you get through those more stressful days. Besides, with all of the hard work you’ve been doing – I think you deserve a treat.
7. Struggling to focus
Okay so this is a big one. You may be spending so much time working that you are actually hindering your productivity. There is only so much your mind can cope with in one day. Taking regular breaks will help you to work more efficiently and reduce your stress levels. Why not take a walk in your lunch hour?
8. You can’t remember the last time you had fun
If you can’t even remember when you last took a holiday, then your work-life balance is definitely in trouble. Getting away can really help to give our mental wellbeing a big boost. It doesn’t even have to be expenisve, you can go on a day trip to a local city, museum, beach, cinema. You don’t even have to leave your home. Rent a movie and have a glass of wine.