October 12th marks the start of National Work Life Week, a time that is dedicated to raising awareness to imbalances surrounding work and personal life. Particularly in an industry like care, you often find people don’t know when to switch off from work or do a lot of overtime which can lead to your personal life falling short.
At Human Support Group, we encourage our employees to balance their work and personal life in a way that benefits them and keeps them happy – we don’t want our staff to be burnt out or stressed.
Today, we thought we would share some tips with you that can help you balance your work life and your personal life healthily. Of course, every individual has their different work ethics and things they like to do but for anyone who is struggling with the balance, these tips can help you.
Schedule time for you
It can be hard, especially when working in a fast-paced/shift-based role to plan your time far in advance. However, scheduling some ‘you’ time – whether it be one day a week or a couple of days that you can keep to yourself, can make a massive difference. You can use this time to catch up with friends, family or even just to unwind by yourself.
When you care about your job, it can be hard to not bring it home with you. Whether that be checking work emails on your phone, doing extra work at home or anything in between. To avoid burnout, you need to set boundaries with yourself. No checking work emails past a certain time, extra work is finished at your workplace – whatever it is that is relevant to you, set a boundary so that your personal life isn’t compromised.
Learn to say no
Some people are happy to work lots of extra hours and can feel no stress as a result of it, however, it is completely normal for someone working a lot of extra hours to feel stressed and overwhelmed. If you are struggling to cope with working overtime, learn to say no when the extra shifts are presented to you. Say yes when you feel like you want to but otherwise, remember that it is okay to decline a shift if it is compromising your mental health.
National Work Life begins on October 12th and you can learn more about it on the official site.
At Human Support Group, our carers are our priority – which means making sure they are cared for and appreciated too. If you want to work for a company that cares for you and supports you, then look no further than Human Support Group. Apply for a role with us today by clicking here.