Balancing Your Career & Health

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Jun 3, 2021

Jun 3, 2021 • by Rebecca Smith

When you have a career, a family, and a personal life, striking a balance can be quite tough. Whether you’re a mother with a career, working overtime, or are busy with other responsibilities, paying attention to your health and making time to care for yourself are completely necessary. Luckily, there are a variety of methods to facilitate this balance including taking breaks to fulfill self-care, keeping a consistent schedule, and utilizing telemedicine and at-home tests.

Take Breaks

Whether you work from home or are gone all day, it is absolutely necessary to take breaks. The breaks you take don’t need to be long. During a few ten minute breaks throughout the day, you can make the time to drink some water, eat a snack, take a breath, and place any phone calls or appointments you’ve been putting off. It’s a great idea to use these breaks to call your family, check in with yourself, and plan for other forms of self-care. If you don’t take any breaks throughout the day, it will be difficult to remember to do what’s right for your health and your work will suffer.

Keep a Consistent Schedule

Breaks should be a part of a consistent weekly schedule. When you stick to a regulated calendar, you will have the chance to stay on track and keep your health in mind. You should schedule your down-time and frequent doctor appointments. It’s crucial to take care of your mental health. A lot of people need therapy who don’t get it. It will be a lot easier to stick to therapy sessions when they are scheduled weekly. Also a part of your schedule should be exercise. It may be difficult to fit in time for yourself, therapy, and exercise into your schedule, but if you make it consistent and productive you will be able to fit the important stuff into your life.

Use the Right Tools for the Job

Making sure you use the right tools for your career can make your time more efficient, which translates into more time for family, or other projects that need to be done around the house. If you are a blogger, use wordpress. Youtuber? Use an editor that saves you time and money. Having this mindset and approach to work can really relieve stress and allow you to have a better balance.

Utilize Telemedicine

Whether you’re working like a lot of people are doing these days or are gone all the time and simply want to stay home, you should make use of telemedicine. It is incredibly convenient and can cut down on the time it takes to commute, sit in a waiting room, and go through an appointment. Telemedicine can be used for a variety of different ailments and consultations. If a doctor doesn’t need to physically touch your body, the appointment can probably be done online. You can go to therapy from home. You can get the opinion of a professional. You can even be prescribed medications you need.

Take At-Home Tests

There are a wide variety of reasons that you should take at-home tests. Whether you’re embarrassed about it, such as an at home STD test, that’s a good reason to get it delivered to you. Beyond that, tests that are sent to your home can be very helpful because you have to go anyway to test for things like food sensitivities, allergies, even diseases. The ability to be tested for things at your home is a great option for when you don’t want to leave the house or are embarrassed to get tested for certain things.

Work/Life Balance

Everyone needs work/life balance. While staying productive is vital to your health, so is taking a break. When you spend more time on yourself, your health will improve. We all need to schedule necessary check-up appointments, keep our mental health in check, exercise, eat well, and work on ourselves. You won’t be able to do it if you can’t strike a balance between work and the rest of your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re working from home or are constantly traveling for your job, both have their downsides and challenges  to balancing the job with your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Take a Vacation

Once in a while, everyone needs a vacation. It doesn’t matter what exactly you’ve been doing for work. A vacation will recharge your batteries and provide time to disconnect and refresh. Returning to work is that much easier when you have rested and relaxed enough. Americans are booking vacations now before they go back to the office. Even if you can’t afford to go anywhere, taking vacation time and staying near your home is also a great way to balance your work and life.

If you don’t make the effort to balance your career and your health, you won’t be able to get as much done. It’s just the way it goes. Both your physical and mental health will affect your performance. You might think that taking time for yourself and caring for your mind and body will get in the way of your work time, but it will actually help you excel in your life. Do your best and you will see the results of taking care of yourself, people around you will benefit and you’ll be able to work harder and more efficiently. 

Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and blogger who has written for The Slovenia Times, Paste Magazine, New Noise Magazine, and many others.