Find­ing the right work/life bal­ance isn’t al­ways easy

Gloucestershire Echo - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE - WITH DR EL­LIE MILBY Dr El­lie Milby is a coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist

■ PRI­ORI­TISE. It sounds ob­vi­ous, but pri­ori­tis­ing the com­pet­ing de­mands on our time is es­sen­tial to achiev­ing work/life bal­ance. Make some time to re­flect on your cur­rent com­mit­ments. There will be some that are es­sen­tial and oth­ers that are less im­por­tant. Is there any­thing you could forego al­to­gether for the sake of a health­ier bal­ance?

■ HAVE tech-free time at home. Com­put­ers, lap­tops and smart­phones all help to make our lives eas­ier but they shouldn’t rule us. The temp­ta­tion to check workre­lated emails when you’re “off duty” or to check so­cial me­dia too of­ten, draws us away from be­ing present to what is mean­ing­ful to us.

Have set pe­ri­ods when tech­nol­ogy is com­pletely off lim­its, for ex­am­ple dur­ing fam­ily meal­times, so you can ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing in the mo­ment.

■ SAY no when you need to. It’s ok to re­spect­fully say no to peo­ple who ask you to give your time. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant if you are some­one who finds say­ing no hard.

When you stop do­ing things out of guilt, you’ll find you have more time to fo­cus on the things that make you happy.

pro­fes­sional lives and take steps to re­dress the bal­ance when it gets out of kil­ter. Here are three tips to help you find the right bal­ance. Fo­cus on things that make you happy

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