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How To Strike a better work-life balance

You cannot have more than 24 hours a day. If you don't set limits, then work or other commitments can leave you with no time for other activities

As the saying goes ‘all work and no play makes jack a dull boy’, it becomes crucial that we give enough time to both our work and other aspects of life. Striking a healthy work-life balance is not a one-shot deal; it is a continuous process as your family, interests and work life keep on changing. If you too find yourself striving to find that perfect balance, we at teentalkindia.com are there for you.

Firstly, you need to consider the consequences of poor work-life balance:

Tiredness - When exhausted, your ability to work productively and think clearly suffers a great deal. This, in turn, might take a toll on your professional reputation or lead to mistakes.

Bad health - Stress is associated with adverse effects on the immune system. Moreover if you have any medical condition, things can worsen because of excessive stress.  

Less quality time with friends and family – When you spend more time working, you might miss important family events and milestones. Consequently, you might start feeling left. It's also difficult to nurture any kind of relationship if you're always working.

How to achieve that balance

For working people, managing the demands of career and personal life is an ongoing challenge. However, if you can set limits and look after yourself, you can achieve the work-life balance that's perfect for you.

Manage your time

Cut off the activities that you don't enjoy or can't handle. Try to organize your household chores efficiently, you can start by doing a load of laundry every day instead of saving all the laundry for your day off. 

Plan accordingly

Making a plan will hep you maintain focused. Make a weekly calender every Monday and jot all the family events and other functions of that week.  Also, making a daily to-do list works wonders in organsing your lfie, at work and at home too. In absence of any plan, it becomes easier to get involved into the plans and priorities of others.

Learn to say no

It is fine to say no at times. When you stop accepting tasks out of guilt or a false sense of obligation, you'll surely have more time for meaningful activities.

Leave work at work

With a smartphone and technology to connect to anyone at any time from anywhere virtually, it becomes essential that you create a boundary between work and home. Separate your work time from personal time consciously.

Reduce email access

Make a habit of check emails no more than three times a day — late morning, early afternoon and late in the day. Avoid looking at the emails first thing in the morning, as then you’ll tend to focus on and respond to other people's issues rather than being proactive about your own needs.

Also, a healthy lifestyle is essential to cope up with the stress and to achieving work-life balance. Here are a few tips to take care of you:

Eat a healthy diet - Take fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein in your diet as it enhances the ability to retain knowledge and stamina as well.

Get enough sleep - Lack of sleep will lead to increased stress. Avoid using personal electronic devices right before bedtime. The blue light emitted by these devices decreases your level of melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep.

Make time for fun and relaxation - Set aside daily time for an activity that you enjoy. It would be even better if you would do that with your partner, family or friends.

In case you need more advice in your work related to personal life issues, our experts are always there to help. You can send us an email on [email protected] or directly chat with our experts between 11 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday.

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5 Tips to control your tongue

It’s natural to use bad language or words sometimes. But if you are determined about cleaning up your language, it can be done

Using bad words can reflect poorly about your image. In many circles, such people are seen as uncultured, uneducated, immature, or worse. So there are many reasons to get your language under control. Some of the words we use to express ourselves come out due to habit formation. Some expressions are Memes and you may be unaware that you are imitating someone else's words.

Our Teentalkindia expert shares tips to control using bad language.

  • Take a few moments to think why you want to quit, and how getting your language under control may improve your relationships and public image. Figure out your triggers and bad habits.
  • Brainstorm about other options to your cussing. Figure out other, healthier ways to express your feelings. Develop a "can do" attitude. Worry only to the point that encourages you to prepare for the problem and then hope for the best. 
  • Begin by changing your ways, but start small. Picking a small manageable task is the best way to form a novel habit. Pick one place, one situation to improve in. For example, you may choose to start by no longer cussing while driving, or in front of your friends. When you do catch a cussing in this situation, feel sorry and rephrase the sentence without any bad words.
  • It will take time but slowly you will come out of the cussing habit. It may take years before not cussing becomes your new habit. Self-improvement is always challenging but undeniably worth the effort. Some substitute words can be just as offensive if your tone is abusive or you insult someone. Think of the response to what you are about to say, and decide if you need to reframe your statement to be more effective.
  • Staying away at a distance from people who frequently use foul language is one of the preferred ways in which you can avoid using bad words. Do not let people who speak this lingo mould your way of talking.

Your language might offend some people, but the tone and attitude behind your words do far greater destruction to all of your relationships. Speaking sense and thinking reasonably will help you to achieve a lot of things in life. Speaking bad words will only lower your way of thinking. Cussing can help outlet anger, or provoke it. It can relieve stress, or cause it. It can be clever and flirtatious, or sexist and intimidating. Consequently, be aware of when and where you use such lingo. Control it, tame it, and time it!

 

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