FIND­ING YOUR WORK/LIFE BAL­ANCE

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Achronic im­bal­ance in your work/life bal­ance can neg­a­tively im­pact your health.

If you find your­self skip­ping meals, or reach­ing for food and al­co­hol for com­fort, you could be at risk.

Lifeshape Clinic di­eti­tian Ni­cola Moore ex­plains how to jug­gle work, re­la­tion­ships and self-care.

To find time for your­self, sched­ul­ing your pri­or­i­ties is im­per­a­tive.

“De­velop bound­ary set­ting prac­tices to en­sure you are man­ag­ing your day based on pri­or­i­ties,” says Ni­cola.

“Ask your­self what re­ally needs to be done to­day, and what is suit­able to leave for the next day.”

Once your pri­or­i­ties are set, be as­sertive and ex­press your needs to those around you.

“Recog­nise and value your own per­sonal lim­its,” says Ni­cola.

“It’s okay to say no or ask for help if you’ve taken on too much. As much as pos­si­ble, un­plug from work-re­lated no­ti­fi­ca­tions when at home or on hol­i­day to give your­self qual­ity down time.”

Once you’re un­plugged, treat your own self-care like a job in it­self.

“Take full re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mit to nur­tur­ing your­self,” says Ni­cola.

“Re­search sug­gests that health-re­lated be­hav­iours such as eat­ing habits, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and al­co­hol use are largely in­flu­enced by so­cial sup­port. So, sched­ule self-care ac­tiv­i­ties like go­ing to a movie with the peo­ple you love reg­u­larly.”

Most im­por­tantly, start small and don’t ex­pect to be per­fect.

“Re­mem­ber that chang­ing habits in­grained over a long pe­riod of time is a work in progress,” says Ni­cola.

“Rather than an all or noth­ing ap­proach, you may start a new habit on one or two days per week, and build up from there.”

If you need help pri­ori­tis­ing healthy eat­ing and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, con­sider seek­ing the help of an ac­cred­ited di­eti­tian or ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Lifeshape Clinic on 1800 567 348 or go to lifeshape.com.au.

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