Youth travel and employment expert at new youth-led work and travel brand, JENZA, shares top tips for ensuring a healthy work-life balance.
In today’s fast paced world striking a balance between work and play feels more challenging than ever. Kristian Webber, youth travel and employment expert at youth-led work and travel brand, JENZA, believes with a few key tips, everyone can enjoy a healthier work-life balance.
Kristian, says: “We live in an ‘always on’ society dominated by hustle culture so it’s no wonder that one in three of us don’t feel we have a good work-life balance.
“At JENZA we believe in empowering young people to chase their dreams of living and working abroad, however there is so much more to be gained by also cherishing the moments outside of work. And this isn’t exclusive to Gen-Z, whether its spending time with loved ones, making new friends, embracing a new hobby or simply enjoying a quiet moment alone, it’s important that we’re all striving to achieve a healthier work-life balance.
“When it comes to recognising the simple steps we can all take to achieve a healthier, more balanced day-to-day, there really is no time like the present.”
Read on for Kristian’s top tips for ensuring a healthy work-life balance…
Work out your goals
A healthy balance looks different for everyone so consider what your goals are. This could be anything from securing a promotion at work to reading one book per week or setting aside one day a month for getting out into nature and exploring.
Once you’ve worked out what you want to prioritise in the days, weeks and months ahead you will be better able to plan your time and ensure you’re prioritising the right things.
Establishing clear boundaries between your work and personal life is key. This includes resisting the urge to check emails outside of working hours and ensuring that you’re honouring personal commitments.
Setting boundaries will help enhance productivity during work hours but will also ensure that you’re better able to dedicate time to family, friends, and hobbies outside of work.
Schedule time for yourself
The ideal way to start and end your day is by practicing mindfulness, not only is it a great way to help you focus and ground yourself in the present, it’s also been proven to help cultivate a greater sense of awareness, reduce stress levels and enhance overall wellbeing.
The easiest way to ensure you’re taking care of yourself is to allocate time each day for activities that help you de-stress, have fun and rejuvenate mind and body. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or walk in the park, reading a book or simply enjoying a quiet cup of tea and taking time to reflect on the day. These moments of self-care act as anchors amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life. Prioritising self-care will also ensure you’re able to show up at work as your best self, with renewed energy and enthusiasm each day.
And play to your strengths – if you like exercising first thing, make sure you’re going to bed early to ensure you’re not sacrificing sleep/make it easier to get up.
Breathwork, meditation and yoga are all popular ways to practice mindfulness but if you struggle to find time to fit this in, try a mindful walk instead. Rather than sitting in the staff room or a café on your lunch break, head outside for a breath of fresh air sans technology and enjoy a simple walk with nothing but your thoughts for company.
Flexibility is key
It’s important to recognise that a healthy balance will look and feel different every day, therefore embracing flexibility is key.
Some days you will need to prioritise work, other days you will have more time to focus on resting and recharging. It’s important to recognise that by embracing flexibility, we are better able to navigate challenges and make necessary adjustments to help us adapt to the ever-changing demands of modern life.
To find out more or for help organising your own flexible working holiday, visit www.jenza.com.