Trying to juggle the demands of work and family can be very tough. But when you get the balance right, life will feel a lot easier.
Too much pressure from either work or family can seriously affect our lives and the lives of those around us. When work stress spills over into home life, we might argue more, have problems with our relationships and suffer health problems too.
Stress from home can impact your work in the same way. You might even struggle to do your job properly.
So how can you get the balance right?
A good rule to start with is that when you are at home your family is your focus. And when you are at work your job is your focus.
At home, try to make your mornings run as smoothly as possible. If you start your day calmly then you won’t be bringing any stress from home to work.
Set some ground rules and put a leaving home routine in place. You can even teach your kids to do things for themselves, like getting dressed.
At work, you should try to do hard tasks early in the day. By doing this you will be taking less stress home with you at the end of the day.
Think of some ways to unwind and relax after work that aren’t going to affect your family’s evening routine. Regular exercise and healthy eating can really help.