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Creating Work-Life Balance When You're "Always On"

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Even though making money is one of the most important reasons to work, it is not the only factor that should be considered. Your employment should not only serve your financial needs but your emotional ones as well. 

Being successful in your career should never take precedence over your physical and emotional well-being. 

We all need to figure out how to create a balance between work and life, even when our jobs require attention after hours. Here are three ways to build balance, even for careers where you are "always on."

1. Accept That There is No Perfect Balance

Even though creating work-life balance is the goal, it is crucial to be realistic in your expectations. Most people start by coming up with an ideal schedule that can incorporate everything they have and want to do in their day. Unfortunately, these regimented schedules often leave little time for curveballs, and when they occur, you may experience unnecessary stress. Instead, try to create a basic schedule with things that you have to do and things you would enjoy doing if you have time. Remember that balance means creating a balance over time--not necessarily every day.

2. Make Health a Priority

Achieving your goals can be difficult if your health is not up to par. This includes not only physical health but mental well-being as well. If your job creates a lot of stress or anxiety, or you suffer from depression, addressing these issues is important, or they can lead you to the possibility of breakdowns, sleep deprivation, or other problems. 

When you suffer from physical illness, it is better to take time off to get the rest you need for your body to repair itself, or you will struggle with the symptoms longer. 

You also should make time to get in some exercise, even if it is taking a walk or sneaking in a spin class. Being healthy will also make you a more productive employee and a better spouse/parent when you are home. 

3. Unplug Now and Then

The ability to stay connected is a great way to stay socially engaged and complete work even when you are away from the office. But while this ability to connect through technology is a great convenience, it can also create stress and keep your mind in work mode when you are away from the office. 

Sometimes a short, unplugged vacation can be as relaxing and refreshing as a long one, and a great way to de-stress and refocus, even if it is for a few hours. The world functioned before the advent of such technology and unplugging yourself once in a while is not the end of the world. If technology is a crucial tool for your work, you can set designated times when you are off-hours and will not use or respond to your device. 

Taking time away from work and focusing on forgotten hobbies or even relaxing and doing nothing can prevent burnout. With breaks from work, you can recharge and revitalize to be at your best when you go back online. Remember finding work-life balance is its own journey, but an extremely rewarding one once it has been achieved. 

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