Do you remember the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? It’s a novel about an upstanding doctor who became a lecherous, evil villain by night. In today’s stressful working world, sometimes we can feel like two different people, one who works, and one who lives at home.
Unfortunately, the imbalance between these two locales can occasionally really disturb a person’s inner sense of peace. How can you find the right balance between life and work?
Leave work at work
If you’re not allowed to take work home, consider leaving your work “stressors” at work.
As you commute home, set a certain point along the way, and when you reach that point, tell yourself that you’re not going to think about work anymore. Start thinking about what you’ll have for dinner, or a movie you’d like to see—anything else. By the time you walk through the door, be prepared to enjoy life away from work.
If you do need to occasionally take work home, consider working in a location like a coffee shop, and setting time limits for yourself.
Enjoy Your Day Off
Is it possible to run some errands briefly before or after work, such as the grocery store, dry cleaner, or doctor? Alternatively, are you to have your groceries delivered or shop online for things you need?
The more you take care of during the week, the more you will be able to enjoy your day off, and do something fun with the family, your friends, or even yourself.
Leave Home at Home…sort of
Decorate your workspace with photographs of your family. That will create a positive place for you to work in, and defragment the stark contrast between work and life.
At the same time, if you are experiencing stressful things at home or in your personal life, find the right venue to do and discuss those things (a therapist, journal, prayer, or meditation). Avoid stewing on problems at work all day, as that will only make your work more difficult.
Consider your Career
You might be surprised that it’s worth trading in a little extra money for more happiness. If you feel overworked and stressed out at your job, consider looking around for an opportunity that isn’t so demanding.
You might not be able to put as much money aside every month, and you may have to cut back on your expenses, but it’s important to make sure that your work doesn’t grossly impinge upon your quality of life, otherwise both areas will start to suffer.
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