Do you often find yourself complaining, ‘I’m so busy with work!’. Do you always seem to be chasing deadline after deadline, with no break in sight? Well, you’re at the right place!
In Singapore, we are known to be rather unhappy people, especially at work. We have many different sources of stress weighing upon us. To strike a better balance between the two, here are several simple tips that you can try!
1. Be in touch with Nature
Established, scientific sources have long proven that being around nature is extremely beneficial for us, with many benefits such as stress relief, sharper thinking and creativity!
Singapore is a concrete jungle, but there are also many parks and other greeneries around the country for all to enjoy! You can also consider going to unique farms to have a close-up experience with various forms of nature. For the more adventurous, you can also go on hiking trails or other trips to take your mind off work.
P.S. Do remember to bring along sunscreen, insect repellent and other things you might need. Otherwise, effects on happiness may vary.
2. Pursue hobbies
Suppose we just met and you wanted to introduce yourself. Which of the following introductions are you likely to give:
A) I am currently working full-time at an MNC, and I am involved in business development in the company.
B) I like to cook, especially Japanese food! I also enjoy baking cheesecakes and other pastries.
If your answer is (A), chances are you might lack work-life balance! While I’m sure your work is important, it shouldn’t be the only priority in your life. You are not simply defined by the work you do. Your hobbies also define who you are as an individual. They can even be useful in our professional lives.
Be it travel, art, cooking, baking or any other hobbies, go revisit them and engage in them. You can self-learn through the internet, take up courses or even find some shift-based jobs to practice your hobbies!
3. Sweat it Out
Be honest: Do you have ‘Do More Exercise’, or something of the like in your New year resolutions list? So do I! But as always, this activity gets conveniently forgotten with the passing of time.
Unlike us, many successful people, from Barack Obama to Richard Branson, find time to exercise regularly. If they can do it despite their busy schedules, so can you! Besides the obvious benefits of keeping fit and healthy, exercise can also help you become more disciplined and stay competitive with yourself, traits that are beneficial for your work as well!
Now that you have no reason not to exercise, get out there and be active! (After finishing this post, of course)
4. Volunteer your time
As we become overwhelmed with work trying to earn a living, we must keep in mind that there are many less fortunate people around us. Aside from donating money or items, a good alternative is to make use of your skills and expertise to help improve their lives.
By volunteering our time for the less fortunate, you will appreciate the simpler things in life, and learn to not take anything for granted. You will also have greater gratitude and humility. This can provide a better perspective and balance between work and life outside of work.
There are many ways that you can volunteer for a cause that you are passionate about, with platforms such as SGCares available for you to do so.
5. Learn new skills
As Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Learning should definitely not end as you step out of school.
Rather than focusing on work all day, you can start to learn skills you are interested in to keep yourself relevant. From skills related to food preparation, to courses related to management and training, there are many courses out there to help you stay ahead of the curve.
This will give you a greater sense of satisfaction and greater flexibility to pursue work that you love!
As you continue to hustle towards success, don’t forget to take a step back and appreciate life as it is. I hope that this article has been helpful, and serves a starting point for you to improve your Work-Life balance. To find flexible, shift-based work, click on the following button to find out more!