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5 Things to Do When Work Is Taking Over Your Life

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Have you realised that you spend more time at work than at home? Do you find it hard to balance your personal life and career? Probably, you’re constantly worrying about work responsibilities anytime you step away from your desk. If so, it’s time to regain control of your life and ensure that work doesn’t overtake it.

Failure to do this leads to burnout and unhappiness. Here are five things to do:

Learn something new that’s not work related

Workaholics only have time for their profession. It means they only create time to learn something new if it’s related to their job. That shouldn’t be the case. Focus on courses that improve your soft skills, make you more well-rounded, or explore your hobbies. 

Wicca Academy can help you discover yourself, connect with nature, build self-esteem, and gain the confidence to tackle life’s challenges. You’ll have something interesting to distract you from work stresses when needed.

Disconnect and take a digital detox

When you feel overwhelmed by work-related stress, it’s easy to turn to your phone for a distraction. However, this is counter-productive. Disconnect from tech during your free time and take a digital detox. 

Spend quality time talking and engaging with family members and friends; establish meaningful connections. Alternatively, step out of the office, breathe in the fresh air, take a walk, listen to music, do yoga or meditate. You will realize that the less you spend on your gadgets, the more you will relax and enjoy life.

Set boundaries and learn to say no

Learning to set boundaries is vital if you’re going to maintain balance in your life. It doesn’t mean you are lazy or unproductive. You’re just showing commitment to personal growth and healthy life by politely declining tasks that will take your precious time away. For instance, if your supervisor requests you to stay late to finish someone else’s work, respectfully decline and explain why you can’t. If possible, offer an alternative solution. 

Prioritise and manage your time effectively

Making lists is one of the best ways to prioritise and manage your time effectively. Take a few minutes each morning to set SMART goals. Then, break them down into tasks and prioritize them according to importance. When you have a clear plan for the day, it’s easy to stay focused and productive.

If you lose focus, keep checking the list to motivate yourself. You’ll be surprised at how much more you can accomplish when you break tasks down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

Take regular breaks

If you don’t take a break, your brain becomes dull and weary. You will only achieve a little as a result. Take a break every one to two hours when working on the same task. Get up, stretch your body, stroll or have a cup of tea. If you are in an office environment, step out for fresh air or chat with coworkers.

Set aside a day or two when you disconnect from work altogether. Spend time with friends and family or take a short vacation. During the break, don’t check emails, answer calls or do anything related to work.

You can handle any task

Setting boundaries and taking regular breaks enables you to have time for family, friends, hobbies, or tasks that matter. Remember to also take care of your physical and mental health by exercising, eating healthy meals, and meditating. An all-rounded life gives you enough energy and motivation to handle any task.


Robert Haynes did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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