As I am 2 years into the workforce and more than 2 years out of college, I am realizing how important having a healthy work/life balance is. Too much work takes away from your life and too much life takes away from your work and progress. I also believe that, in the way I define life, both concepts are taking away from my self-care time. When I mention having a “life”, I’m referring to the things and activities that bring me joy and release from the harshness of adulting.
As an extrovert, I love being around people and socializing. It gives me energy, inspiration and motivation. Although, I recently found out that I am placing more value on having downtime alone. It gives me a different type of energy; one that provides me with time to reflect and maintain my positive and well-rounded view of the world. This is something that I feel so many people don’t factor in the work/life balance equation.
I have been hearing the word “overwhelmed” a lot lately from those around me. That word really sums up how I’ve have been feeling too! I find myself being overwhelmed and exhausted by the constant push and pull of trying to balance work, my social life and myself. All are important but they cannot all take priority at the same time. I try to trouble shoot by adjusting one of those things and hoping that it affects the others but that never seems to work. I’m still in the phase of trying to figure out how I can manage to have it all by myself and be able to adjust when even more responsibilities and titles are added on to my identity. I think that will take time for me to figure out what works for me. It makes me feel comfortable that I am not the only one who feels this way. It’s terrible that we all feel this way but I know that it is possible to overcome and is just another muscle that needs to be strengthened. I do believe that discipline, time management and efficient planning are the most crucial methods for having all the things you want. Luckily, there are a million ways to find balance for yourself that actually works for yourself. Trial and error and trusting the process is how you do it. I will let you know when I’ve come to figure it out.