Work-Life Balance in a Pandemic

It’s a great time to think about wellness and work-life balance in honor of Professional Wellness Month, especially now with all the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives.

Finding balance is something we can all do, especially those working from home, where overworking is common. It is vital to get up and move around. Take a fifteen-minute walk. It will help clear your mind and is good for your body. Summer weather is here – time to enjoy it. When your day is done, step away from your computer and unplug for a while.

Self-care is essential and routines are part of that. Getting dressed every morning as if you were going to a workplace and eating healthy will help you feel better and more successful during the workweek.

And for those who are still on the job or are transitioning back to a workplace, it’s an excellent time to consider your overall wellness.

Do You Feel Stressed?

Are you worried about COVID-19 or other issues? Are you struggling with the day-to-day?

Take the time to practice deep breathing. Focusing on deep breathing for two minutes every hour will help calm your body, oxygenate your brain, and reduce stress.

Reach out to talk with colleagues virtually or with safe social/physical distancing and masks.

Talk with friends and family. Even virtually, this can help alleviate stress and loneliness. Finding balance in your professional AND personal relationships will go a long way toward improving your overall work-life balance.

How Are You Sleeping?

Healthy sleep habits, or sleep hygiene, will help you prepare for whatever challenges may come in a day. Follow a sleep schedule and start a bedtime routine to relax you. Try tea, meditation, reading, or whatever works to help find relief from stress and anxiety. Here are some tips from the that may help.

Mental wellness is a part of overall well-being. As noted by Mental Health America, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, speaking with a mental health professional can help you “deal with thoughts, behaviors, symptoms, stresses, goals, past experiences, and other areas that can promote your recovery.”

And if you need immediate help, our Connect to Care clinic is available for walk-in mental health care, or call 303-617-2300 to schedule an appointment.