5 Tips for Work-Life Balance When You Work and Study or Have a Side Gig

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Your ambitions shouldn’t come at the cost of your peace of mind. While balancing multiple responsibilities certainly isn’t easy, it can be done. Here are some tips on keeping stress at bay.

A Work-Life Balance in 5 Steps

Balancing work and studyor a side gigis hard. At a time when burnout is often seen as a badge of honor, it can be hard to know when to take a step back and practice some self-care. Here are some tips on staying sane when you’re short on time:

1. Make a Schedule That Includes Breaks

Schedules really do workas long as you stick to them. However, looking at a calendar of responsibilities can be overwhelming. So, it’s important to pencil-in breaks too. That way, you have something to look forward toit’s like giving yourself a reward for working!

2. Write a Daily To-do List

Our brains are wired to love lists. In fact, when you tick-off your to-dos, your body releases a dose of the feel-good hormone, dopamine. So, break up large tasks into small ones, and add little things like making your bed or walking your dog. Working your way through a list each day will help you meet your deadlinesand feel good while you’re at it.

3. Unplug or Take Time Off

Nowadays, everyone is expected to be available online all the time. But don’t feel pressured to respond to that WhatsApp message immediately or respond to an after-hours work email. Unplugging will minimize distractions and help you focus on what matters in the moment. 

4. Take Care of Your Health

If you’re training to be a holistic practitioner or already running your own practice, then you should know better than letting your health slip. We know, we know, it’s easier said than done, right? Do the bare minimum to keep your energy levels high and your mind sharpget at least six hours of sleep each night, stay hydrated, and dedicate a few minutes towards exercise each day.

5. Ask for Help

Realizing that you need help is one thing. Asking for it is another. But don’t let your pride get in the way. Whether you just need to vent or are struggling to keep all the plates spinning, don’t hesitate to approach your mentor, colleagues, friend, or anyone you trust.

Final Thoughts

Staying organized and taking care of yourself are the best ways to stay on top of things. However, it’s important to recognise when you need a helping hand. 

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