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Professional pointers: Maintaining a healthy work-life balance

Professional pointers: Maintaining a healthy work-life balance

with Sue Henry, founder of MSH Partnership

Working every waking hour may make us feel like we’re getting more done, but a gruelling schedule impacts on our health, affects relationships and reduces productivity. When we tend to our wellbeing we become more creative, make better decisions and feel happier both at home and in the office.

Sue Henry, founder of MSH Partnership and co-founder of the Healthy Business Hub Wirral and Chester, offers some tips on achieving work-life balance.

Prioritise and plan

Think about what’s important to you and make a list of priorities, then schedule the key components into your calendar as you would a meeting and stick to it.

If time is short, adapt the appointments to fit – take a 15-minute walk at lunchtime, dedicate half an hour for breakfast with loved ones, or keep time free to read a favourite book. You’ll feel better and get more done in the long run.

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Disconnect to connect

Switch off emails after a certain time in the evening and at weekends to spend time with family and friends. It may seem like you need to be constantly available, but once you tell colleagues that you won’t reply after eight o’clock, most are happy to wait until morning for a response. Disconnecting from work will reduce stress before bedtime, setting you up for a good night’s sleep.

Take notice

In a busy and demanding role it can be hard to avoid getting distracted by work even during downtime.

Thoughts of today’s stressful meeting creep in while you’re eating dinner, or anxiety about an unfinished task interrupts when you’re watching TV.

Try to notice when this happens, then make a conscious choice to give 100% of your attention to what you’re doing in that moment and enjoy it.

There’s no such thing as a perfect work-life balance. At times, you’ll need to adapt your priorities and that’s okay.

Aim for a healthy blend of both and you’ll ultimately see a positive difference to your business.