Taking care of yourself when your work life balance is unbalanced

Monday, 11 March 2019

Maintaining a healthy work life balance and indulging in self-care is essential to a sustainable career.

A healthy work-life balance means something different to everyone so you need to find what works for you and for your current job.

Depending on the flexibility available, you may wish to start work earlier so you can make the most of your evenings. It might be essential for you to have an hour lunch to make it to your favourite yoga class. Or you might even want to work from home occasionally to get your work completed without the everyday office distractions.

Whatever your schedule, it’s important to find things to help you relax after work.

I learnt this the hard way.

In my first job, I hadn’t learnt how to relax after work. As a result, I developed anxiety. My anxiety affected my confidence in my ability at work. It impacted my relationship with my boyfriend, my flatmates, and friends. Thankfully, I now have it under control and know what I need for a healthy work-life balance.

Tips to help you relax after work
Getting changed into comfortable clothes after work
Changing your clothes is a great way to separate yourself from work. Finding small actions like this can help send your brain signals that the day is complete.

Sometimes this separation is all you need to forget the day and leave your stress behind.

Cooking dinner
My boyfriend swears by this one. He finds cooking the best stress release, which results in great food for me. Win! But give it a go yourself, you might just find relaxation in following a recipe or enjoy the creativity of making something new.

Read a book
Reading takes your mind away to a different place. Whether it’s a non-fiction imaginary world or learning about something new. Either way, it will help to take your mind off the stress at work.


This may be drawing, painting, writing, knitting, or even colouring in!

I find arts and crafts to be a great mindless exercise that distracts you from the busy day at work. Personally, I love knitting and using my adult colouring in book. I enjoy having something simple to focus on and get great satisfaction from completing it.


We all know that exercise is proven to reduce stress. It gives you a boost of endorphins and helps you to deal with whatever comes your way. This may mean joining a social netball team, signing up to gym fitness classes or hitting the pavement after work. Whatever makes you happy.

There we have it, our top tips on how to take care of yourself when your workload is high. If you have any additional tips, share them below in the comments.

By Kirsten Hackett

I'm Kirsten, a Kiwi living in London. I love to travel and explore new cultures, which is much easier to do from the UK than New Zealand! I work full-time as a marketer and enjoy sharing my travel experiences to inspire others.
My instagram is also @kirstenvstheworld

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