Creating Harmony: 9 Tips for a Balanced Lifestyle

Posted by Mary Joy Quiño
Feb 22, 2024
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Are you a professional who juggles so many tasks at once and torn between having a life outside of your work?

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If you find yourself in this situation, then you're not alone. Many professionals today are facing the same challenge, and it can be difficult to know where to start to achieve a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. 


However, with the right mindset and strategies, it's possible to achieve a balanced lifestyle that works for you and allows you to achieve your goals without sacrificing your personal life. 


Why Creating a Balanced Lifestyle Matters? 

A healthy, balanced lifestyle matters as it influences productivity, and overall well-being.  It is not just about creating clear divisions between office hours and personal time.

It's about integrating the many responsibilities that can tug us into different areas of our own life, be it home, work, relationship and our own self – ensuring each get enough attention and time. 


According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), 83% of U.S. workers suffer from work-related stress, with 54% stating that this stress affects their personal life. These numbers only show the growing need to maintain a balanced lifestyle.  


Personally, I have experienced times when I felt torn between meeting a deadline and spending time with friends. It was during these moments that I realized the significance of maintaining a balance between my personal life and career. 


Whenever things are getting overwhelming, I remind myself of this quote from Dana Arcuri that says When life gets hectic and you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on the people and things you are most grateful for. When you have an attitude of gratitude, frustrating troubles will fall by the wayside.” 


This quote speaks volumes and serves as a much-needed reminder for all of us. It embodies honesty and resonates with our daily struggles, emphasizing the importance and need to pause amidst chaos, appreciating what we have, and letting gratitude guide us toward balance and peace. 


In this article, I’ll discuss tips for staying focused and maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle. These tips have worked well for me personally and I hope they can also contribute to your professional growth. 


Tips to Create a Balanced Lifestyle 

Here are some tips for staying focused that can greatly benefit your team by minimizing common mistakes that often occur when striving to strike a healthy balanced lifestyle: 


1. Identify Priorities 

It's essential to clearly define your priorities in every aspect of your life to ensure that your efforts are focused on what truly counts.  Achieving work-life balance doesn't always mean strictly adhering to fixed hours. Instead, it's about finding what works best for you at different stages of life. 


It may mean working from 9AM-6PM on some days, but on others, it could mean adjusting your work schedule to accommodate your physical and mental capacities. By gaining clarity on your priorities, you will be able to allocate your time and energy more efficiently. 


2. List All your task 

You can begin your day by outlining your to-do list. This simple practice can help you stay organized, monitor your progress, and give you a sense of accomplishment as you check off completed tasks. 


3. Stay Present 

It might be difficult to be present when you have a full schedule and other things on your mind. However, when you stay present in that moment, you’ll be able to listen better and contribute real value which helps you enjoy both work and personal life.  


4. Stay Connected with Loved Ones

Make it a priority to schedule regular video calls with your family and friends to stay emotionally connected. By turning your break times into social time, you can refresh your mind and stay grounded. 


Read: 5 Habits to Achieving Work-Life Balance by Starting Your Day Right 


5. Take Care of Your Physical and Emotional Health

To take care of your physical and emotional health, engage in a simple physical activity like walking to boost your mood and fitness, aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep to recharge your body and mind, step away from your work desk to enjoy nourishing meals, and make sure to get some fresh air for your daily dose of vitamin D. 


6. Take Recharging Breaks 

It's important to recognize when you need a break, to relax and realign your actions with your objectives. By regularly engaging in social interactions with friends or family and planning exciting trips, you can give yourself something to look forward to that can rejuvenate your mind and body. 


7. Learn How to Say "NO" in a Professional Manner

It is important to learn how to set boundaries to effectively manage your time and energy, ensuring a healthy balance between work and personal life.  


By learning how to politely say "no" in a professional manner, you can avoid taking on tasks or commitments that drain you mentally and physically. Doing this will enable you to maintain a positive and productive work environment while ensuring you have ample time for your personal life. 


8. Balance is Not Black and White

Be kind to yourself and others on those days when you feel like you failed. Remember that life is a journey, and there will be ups and downs. 


9. Reflect at the End of the Day

Spend some time reflecting on your day - what went well and what could be improved. Doing this will help you gain self-awareness and identify areas for growth. 


Read Next: 5 Ways Work-Life Balance Boost Accountants’ Productivity 


The Bottom Line 

Incorporating these tips, which I have learned from reading and validated through my personal experiences, into your daily routine can have a significant impact on your overall health. Remember, the goal is not just to survive but thrive.  


Work with a well-rounded team 

If you're looking for a competitive and well-rounded team of accountants who can assist you, consider working with D&V Philippines. 


We believe that creating a healthy balanced lifestyle for our professionals is important for optimal performance in the finance and accounting industry.  Schedule a free consultation with us today to explore how we support our employees so they can provide exceptional services to you.  


You may also download our primer, "Employees to Partners," and see how we nurture our people to meet the ever-changing demands of the accounting industry. 

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— 'In collaboration of Angelica Freal Garcia, a content specialist at D&V Philippines' 


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