When you think about your lifestyle, do you live to work or do you work to live? If the idea of living to work resonates with you, and it does with many of us, then you might consider yourself a workaholic. Not only is workaholism unhealthy for your body, but it can be mentally draining simply because of ups and downs in the workplace. Here are some tips on how to focus on a more ‘work to live’ lifestyle.
- Disconnect. I know this may make some people cringe, but once you learn to appreciate these times of disconnecting, you will realize how much you need them. Next time you go out to dinner or go home for the weekend, try to disconnect for at least a couple of hours by turning off your cell phone and computer. I know some people are concerned with possible emergencies, but consider this: the cell phone has only been about around 10 years. If people were able to manage then, they are certainly able to manage now.
- Get a hobby. Many of us just like doing things to keep ourselves busy. With a hobby, you will focus on something else you enjoy. There is no such thing as your job being your hobby.
- Spend time outdoors. This is healthy for both your body and your mind, especially for those who spend hours in front of a computer. Take walks, go biking, even plan a getaway in the woods or by a beach.
- Socialize with people outside of your work environment. Form relationships with people/family members who are disconnected with your job. This will help steer conversations away from work and focus on the relationship mainly.
To ‘work to live’ does not imply that you shouldn’t be passionate about your job. It only establishes a life outside of work, where you value your life before your job. Work helps us live, but work is not life in itself.