A healthy work-life balance doesn’t come easy for most of us, with busy schedules and devices that are always switched on, it seems more of a romantic daydream rather than a necessary part of modern life.
Here are some easy and budget-friendly ideas that you can readily implement in your work day to help you overcome the feeling of being on the job, 24/7.
WAKE UP EARLIER
Even if it’s just fifteen minutes, getting up that little bit earlier gives you the chance to wake up and connect with yourself before looking at your phone, starting the mad rush that is getting off to work in the morning, and before the kids get up. Whether it’s having a coffee on your own, or just sitting somewhere quiet, this morning prep will help you feel like you have had some time to yourself before you dive head first into your busy day.
CREATE A ROUTINE
For this one, we suggest the 10am, 12pm, 2pm rule. At each interval, take a 5 to 10-minute break, which means getting up from the desk and walking a lap of the office or just simply standing and stretching. It may seem impossible to pull yourself away from your desk if you have deadlines to meet, phones calls to make or emails that need replying to, but taking a few minutes to move your body, your brain will be refreshed and feeling more productive than ever. Set a reminder on your phone so you are prompted to get up and move!
LEARN HOW TO SAY NO
Human beings aim to please, but if you’re saying yes to everything and not being true to yourself, you are on a one-way road to total burn-out. Prioritising you time and taking care of yourself both at home and the office should take priority. So next time your colleague asks you to photocopy the photos from her daughter’s first birthday, and you’d rather head to that lunchtime yoga class, politely decline.
TRY WORKPLACE WELLNESS
Yoga, Pilates or meditation sessions in the workplace are a great way to take time out and boost productivity amongst staff. Try suggesting incorporating workplace wellness sessions into your workplace during your lunch break. If that isn’t a viable option, find a gym close by and book in for a lunchtime yoga or fitness. If you need to be held accountable to keep this in your schedule, see if a colleague will commit to coming along with you. Squeeze in time to eat a nutritious lunch then get stuck back into your work feeling revived and ready to go.
GREEN UP YOUR SPACE
There’s nothing more on-trend right now than indoor plants. Indoor plants are both visually appealing and filter the air, minimising your exposure to moulds and other toxins. Research has shown that plants in the office increase workplace satisfaction and boost productivity. Brighten up your day with a low maintenance, air purifying plants such as mother-in-law’s tongue, devil’s ivy, bamboo or aloe vera.
Article by Twosix Co-Founders Bree & Emma
Having come from over 10 years in a corporate environment both Emma and Bree are passionate about changing the culture of work in Australia, ensuring that wellness is a sustainable practice inside of all workplaces. Twosix Wellness is a Melbourne based wellness hub that provides down-to-earth, and practical health and wellbeing programmes for corporates as well as inspirational content via their online platform. Yoga & Pilates Sessions, Nutrition & Mindfulness Articles, Workplace Wellbeing Workshops and so much more – There are lots of reasons to get excited about the Twosix movement!