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Work/Life Balance

Balancing a career and a family is always a challenge!  It's no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as "super stressed."  That's not balanced...or healthy.

Harbor EAP can help with personal coaching, referrals to community resources, and personal development training that show you how to pick and choose what's important to you, and how to walk the fine line between your two worlds.

Here are a few practical steps we can all take to loosen the grip that stress has on us and win back the balance in our lives. Read on and reap the benefits.  Source: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/work-life-balance

At Work

  • Set manageable goals each day.
  • Be efficient with your time at work.
  • Ask for flexibility. If you ask, they might allow you to work flexible hours or from home a day a week.
  • Take five. Small breaks at work—or on any project—will help clear your head, and improve your ability to deal with stress and make good decisions when you jump back into the grind.
  • Tune in. Listen to your favorite music at work to foster concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, and stimulate creativity. Communicate effectively. Be honest with colleagues or your boss when you feel you're in a bind, but don't complain.
  • Give yourself a break. No one's perfect! Allow yourself to be human and just do the best you can.

​At Home

  • Turn off your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The same technology that makes it so easy for workers to do their jobs flexibly can also burn us out if we use them 24/7.
  • Divide and conquer. Make sure responsibilities at home are evenly distributed and clearly outlined—you'll avoid confusion and problems later.
  • Don't over commit. If you're overscheduled with activities, learn to say," no." 
  • Get support. People with stronger support systems have more aggressive immune responses to illnesses than those who lack such support.
  • Stay active. Aside from its well-known physical benefits, regular exercise reduces stress, depression and anxiety, and enables people to better cope with adversity, according to researchers.
  • Get help if you need it. If you are persistently overwhelmed, it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness—taking care of yourself is a sign of strength.