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Balancing Work and Home

When both parents work outside the home—which is very common—things can get a little hectic. Our daily lives move so much faster than they did twenty years ago, and this causes much higher stress levels than before. To keep stress low, and happiness and family harmony high, follow these tips to create a healthy balance of work and home:

• Never take work home—
This is one of the biggest stress creators of all. Your time off work is meant to be spent hanging out and spending time with your family. If you take work home with you, then not only are you gone all day for this job outside the home, but then your family even has to share you with work when you are supposed to have time off. This can cause resentments by your spouse and children, which will add to everyone’s stress.

• Take time off when the kids are out of school—
It’s not so bad working outside the home at a full time job when the kids are in school all day. But, when the kids are home all summer and for vacations, you should try to at least take some time off to be able to spend with them doing those fun summer things like swimming and camping, etc.

• Take a family vacation at least once a year—
This can help rejuvenate a family and keep everyone getting along a lot better. If everyone gets a break away from the stresses of daily life, it can make all the difference in the world. Pick a place that everyone agrees on, and don’t pack the vacation with things to do every waking minute. The point is to relax, not to go back home more worn out than when you started.

• Use work as a vacation from home—
There are many parents who enjoy working outside the home, simply because it is a break everyday from the household chores and parent duties. This is completely understandable, and you should take advantage of this. Just as you should not take your work home with you at night, you should try to leave all your home stresses at home, and try to focus fully on work while you are there. Keeping these two aspects of your life separate can make it easier to tackle each of them individually.

• Take a break alone—
You get a break from home by going to work and you get a break from work by going home, and you get a break from all of it by taking a break with your family, but when is there time for just you? This is one of the most important factors in keeping stress levels low, so you should take at least a couple of days a month (more than that if you can) to be alone or with friends or any other winding down time. When you have so many people relying on you all the time, it may be difficult to find time to worry about yourself, but if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of everyone and everything else for long.


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