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Sunday, 5 November 2017

FINDING A WORK/LIFE BALANCE

I love working and I love my job. It's stressful and difficult, but also rewarding and the people I work with are amazing.



For a while I found it hard to have a work/life balance, I thought that I needed to be 'on' all the time and I burnt out. I hadn't been sleeping properly, I would go to sleep thinking about work and wake up thinking about it (and sometimes I still do). I had my work emails on my phone, I checked them when I woke up in the morning, on the way to work, on the way home from work and on the weekends. I thought that this was what I needed to do to take my job seriously, but it actually affected my performance negatively and I just didn't see it at the time.

I realised that when I was trying to sleep I would just be thinking about someone that I needed to email or something I needed to do, but there was nothing I could do lying from my bed at 10pm (yes, I do go to bed that early).

It doesn't mean that I don't like my job or that I don't work hard enough, I work very hard when I'm in work and I'm always happy to stay later to get something done if I need to. But I don't want to end up hating the career that I began loving. I also moved to Toronto for a reason, and it wasn't to work 24/7. I want my weekends to be fun and adventurous and still enjoy my working week also!

So, I decided to do was remove my emails from my work phone. There is rarely something urgent enough to not be able to wait until the next day and my mental health needed a break. Doing that one thing has made all the difference. I sleep way better, I find myself thinking of work less until I actually step into the office, and when I step out of the office I switch out of work mode for the day.

I have also started to focus on my mind a little more, I try to stop looking at my phone or watching tv right before bed. I have been getting into bed and listening to calming music (there are apps you can get or the 'sleep' playlist on Spotify is also great). I try to just lay still and push all of the thoughts out of my mind until I relax.

I used to have a yoga teacher who would have us all lie down at the end of class and focus on every part of our body from our toes upwards, concentrating on relaxing each muscle one at a time. I still do this now and it puts your body in a calm state and really works magic if you can't sleep.

The role I moved into was a big career move, along with moving country, it has been a huge learning curve! But moving to Toronto was about adventure and seeing more of the world, so we have some fun weekends planned and leaving my job at the office is definitely the right thing for me and my headspace right now. 

It's so hard to find that work/life balance but it's also so important. Make sure that you are in the right mental state and that the stress of work isn't too much because it will just affect your performance. Work hard whilst you're in the office, and give yourself the time off you deserve when you're away from the office!

So get in your PJs, grab a cup of tea and relax.

Lots of love,

Elise Rose

xxx

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