With the rise of technology, many people find themselves working outside of their typical work hours. If you’re having a hard time striking a work/life balance, consider trying the following:
Set boundaries around expectations: If you’re spending hours outside of work answering emails or contributing to projects, it might be time to talk with your boss about what to expect from you when you’re not at work. It’s fair to request time away from work, so don’t be afraid to set a boundary!
Detach from email: Make a schedule for when you’ll check your work email outside of work. If you get work emails on your phone, disable notifications so that you’re only getting content from work when you seek it.
Symbolically end your work day: Develop a routine for ending your work day. Listen to a podcast on your commute home to get out of your head or go on a walk after work to transition back home.
It’s great to be passionate about work, but it’s also fair to reclaim your life if you need to!
Bethany Kriegel, LMHC, earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. She has experience working with adults in residential treatment settings, helping those struggling with eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among other issues.
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