THE MIDLIFE BAL­ANCE SEEKER

Julie Pick­er­ing, 52, Sh­effield

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Front Page -

HR AD­VISER AT WEST­FIELD HEALTH; WESTFIELDHEALTH. COM HOURS PER WEEK: 32 (FOUR DAYS A WEEK)

I started work­ing flex­i­bly when I went back to work af­ter hav­ing my two chil­dren, who are now 16 and 19.

We lived in New Zealand at the time, and when we moved back to Eng­land four years ago, I wanted to keep do­ing four days a week even though the chil­dren are older now. My Fri­days off are so pre­cious to me. I make sure I do some­thing leisurely, like meet­ing up with a friend, but also to catch up on life ad­min – things that I don’t want to have to do on my week­end. It gives me more time to spend with my fam­ily.

You do al­ways have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions, but it re­ally helps me cope bet­ter with manag­ing life stress and anx­i­ety.

Our work lives are so busy it can be hard to make time for any­thing else, so feel­ing in con­trol is re­ally im­por­tant.

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