Have you been feeling out of sorts the last few weeks or even months? Does it seem like you aren’t getting as much joy out of life as you would like or as you used to? The pandemic has caused much upset and stress for many people. With summer approaching, all of us could use some kind of break. One of the best ways to prepare for summer is by creating more of a work-life balance for yourself. Dr. Yvonne Thomas, a psychologist in Los Angeles, notes that summertime can remind us to include some space for fun, peacefulness, and leisure time. By having this kind of time built into one’s schedule, we can be more carefree, more playful, and, ultimately, more full of joy.
What Happens Without a Work-Life Balance
If you don’t have a healthy work-life balance, it’s that much easier to become stressed out, to feel exhausted, and to feel disconnected. You can become disconnected from others, but it’s also all too easy to become disconnected from yourself. Without a good balance, the odds are that you could end up working too much. Then, the fun, enjoyable activities you need get pushed to the wayside. By the same token, if you don’t work enough, then it can be difficult to enjoy the fun activities since you may feel guilty that you’re not being responsible to do your work first.
A Big Tip to Achieve a Work-Life Balance
Scheduling is very important to help a person achieve a work-life balance. Making a schedule and sticking to it (as best you can) are key towards achieving the work-life balance. Yes, things will come up, and circumstances will change. But, making a schedule and following it gives you a better chance to allow proper time for both the professional and the personal parts of your life. That way, you’re able to get in an adequate amount of both.
Schedule In Self-Care
Be sure to intersperse personal time in between your work and your chores. That way, you don’t just feel like you have to power through your job, which makes it much more likely to tire yourself out. Rather, making self-care a priority while working is very important for everyone. You need to eat healthily and on a good schedule, stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and have some leisure time. Exercising as well as being social are also important activities to factor into your work-life balance.
A Psychologist in Los Angeles Who Can Help
Doing all of the above doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be depressed or anxious, or that you’ll be happy during this summer season. But, it does give you a better chance for that. It makes it all the more likely that you’ll have a foundation from which to build. To take further steps towards a healthier, happier lifestyle, schedule a consultation with Dr. Yvonne Thomas. A psychologist with more than twenty years of experience, she’s currently taking new patients.