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Labor Day 2018

Take a Load Off - Work-Life Balance in Honor of Labor Day

 

Labor Day is the recognition of the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country, according to the United States Department of Labor*. Therefore, if you are able, take time to enjoy your day off the first Monday of September - you deserve it!

 

What this holiday reminds us of is the importance of taking a moment to catch our breath from the day-to-day hustle of life. It's important to practice work- life balance in order to maintain a healthy existence. The following tips offer insight on making sure you don't "labor" to burnout.

 

  1. Stop trying to do everything. We all try to accomplish more in a day then the hours we are allotted. Make a list of all the things you wish to accomplish each week and prioritize what you can actually get done. Delete the rest or move to next week's list. Trying to do each and every task that comes your way - professional or personal - is next to impossible. Allow yourself the opportunity to pick and choose so you don't end up overloading.

 

  1. Unplug from your gadgets. It seems simple, but most working Americans find this task impossible to do - disconnect when you can. On vacation? Turn on your out-of-office message and check it when you get back. Watching your child's dance recital? Leave your phone in your purse so you can enjoy the moment. We are constantly connected to our phones and sometimes life needs to happen.

 

  1. Exercise to blow off steam. Regular physical activity relieves stress, helps you sleep better and boosts your mood. Plan time each day to do something active for your overall health and well-being. Take a walk during your lunch hour, join the company gym, enroll in a fitness class that peaks your interest or hold a dance party in the kitchen with the kids to get moving.

 

  1. Take your days off. Many companies offer paid time off for their employees. If you are fortunate enough to have some time away from the office, take it even if you cannot take a trip. You aren't impressing anyone by saving up eight weeks of vacation. Use the time to sit by your neighborhood pool while the kids are at school or work on a project at home you haven't been able to get to. Breaking up your days helps the mind clear.

 

  1. Schedule regular family time & date nights with your spouse. Working parents know the guilt of being away from your children. Schedule time to be together as a unit - Taco Tuesday, Game Night or Movie Night. Connecting with your children and family is a great stress reliever. Don't forget to date your spouse, as well. Line up a babysitter and hit the town to decompress from a crazy work week!

 

Always remember, MYidealDOCTOR is at your fingertips 24/7 should a health question arise. Find us online at www.myidealdoctor.com, via the MYidealDOCTOR app or via telephone 1-855-879-4332.

 

* https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

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