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Finding the time to balance your career goals with healthy lifestyle habits can be challenging. Between long hours and commuting to and from work every day, it’s no wonder you may feel physically and emotionally drained. Because of this, many of you may start to develop job burnout, which can cause you to become careless with your lifestyle habits. Whether you’re socially isolating yourself, eating too much junk food, or not doing enough physical activity, it’s likely that your unhealthy habits are sabotaging your career success.
In order to evolve within your career, it’s important to maintain a positive work-life balance. This means finding the time to get your work done but also having some time for yourself. Although it can be difficult, balancing your professional life with your personal life will ultimately be beneficial for you in the long-run. Not only will it help you preserve your health and happiness, but it will also help to strengthen your skills as you grow in your career.
How Does Wellness Impact Your Career Anyway?
Getting your wellness in check can be one of the most practical ways to overcome work-related stress. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), high-stress levels can be hazardous for the workplace as it reduces work productivity, job performance, and employee satisfaction. As a result, you’re more likely to feel unmotivated and unaccomplished in your career, which may cause you to miss more days of work and complete tasks inefficiently. Because of this, your purpose or feelings of self-worth may also plummet. That’s why it’s imperative to dedicate some time for yourself every day, even when you’re feeling exhausted. Spending your free time laying on the couch or watching the tv might seem like a great way to take your mind off of things, but it’s not very effective when it comes to your health or your job. Luckily, there are other, more efficient ways that’ll allow you to alleviate stress and operate better throughout your workday.
What Can You Do?
Besides doing the obvious — eating right, exercising, and regulating your sleep schedule — there are a variety of things you can to improve your lifestyle habits. To attain a healthy work-life balance, consider the following:
- Develop a Skincare Routine – When you experience stress, your body reacts by building up cortisol, the “stress hormone,” which increases sebum production. In turn, this normally leads to negative changes in your skin. Cortisol causes inflammation and breaks down collagen, a protein that supports the elasticity and texture of your skin. Excess sebum production, on the other hand, causes unwanted shine and blemishes. Since you’re already dealing with enough stress, the last thing you need to deal with is skin issues. To prevent this from happening, develop a daily skincare routine using products that address your skin concerns. For example, a female suffering from work-related stress may want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with an anti-aging cream, whereas a man struggling with work-related stress may need to treat his acne-prone skin with acne-spot repair. Whatever the case may be, developing a skin-care regimen will help you to reduce stress levels and maintain a healthy-looking complexion.
- Take Breaks – Feeling overwhelmed from work is bound to happen at one point or another, and it’s your choice on how you handle it. For some, being overwhelmed drives them to work harder. But for others, it may cause them to become discouraged or give up altogether. Fortunately, neither of these have to be the outcome if you take a break from work. Taking a breather doesn’t have to be for very long either. giving yourself a few minutes to stretch, eat, and/or collect your thoughts will be just enough time for you to re-energize your mind and replenish your mental resources.
- Spend Time Outside – Finally, unwind after work by spending some quality time with mother nature. Even if it’s not a physical activity that you’re doing, devoting time to other outdoor activities like picnics, sunbathing, or lounging in a hammock with your favorite book is a great way to get some peace of mind after a stressful day at work. Additionally, it also has many associated health benefits! From better brain functioning to a strengthened immune system, being outside can do wonders on your career success and overall well-being.