The Realities of Work-Life Balance During Lockdown
So, I know you are reading this blog because you think that I am going to share some tips about mastering a healthy work-life balance. Well, that is not entirely true. Work-life balance has also been a struggle for me. Don’t get me wrong – I still attend my seminars every week and I try to stay on top of my readings and pre-recorded lectures. Right now though, they are on top of me. I’m stressed out because I am gradually falling behind, but for some reason, I can’t seem to find the energy I need to catch up. Instead of writing this blog, I probably should be reading and doing my coursework, but it just seems so difficult. How can I be expected to work in the same place that I relax? I have spoken to quite a few friends lately, and they feel exactly the same way. That’s why I took it upon myself to write this blog, so you can be reminded that you’re not alone.
Before my mini hiatus, I was stressed out (as you can see from the entry above). Now, I’m back and I feel like I’m in a better place to give advice.
- Create a divide
We are human. We need to shut off sometimes or we will get overwhelmed. Back in December, I think that I was struggling with the fact that I was expected to be alert and to be relaxed in the exact same place (downsides of living in a studio flat). I know it can be extremely difficult, but you have got to try and distinguish your happy place from your work environment as much as you can. If you associate your desk area with work, then try to avoid doing work in bed. I was doing this, and it became a lot more challenging for me to shut off when the time came. It also resulted in my sleeping pattern being slightly messed up, and that is one of the best ways to throw your whole work-life balance off.
- Keep going
Looming coursework deadlines have a really funny way of whipping you back into shape, so I honestly felt like I had no choice but to keep on going. All you need is that bit of momentum, especially when it feels like you haven’t had any in a while. However, I would definitely say that the most important thing is discipline. You are not always going to want to do something, but sometimes you have to do it regardless. I think it is really important to understand how you work so that you can analyse where more discipline is needed in your day-to-day life. Find at least one thing to commit to. Even if it’s just attending every single one of your seminars. Later, you will see that it becomes easier to transfer this level of consistency to other areas of your life.