Written and provided by Julie Morris

For many professionals, finding a good work/life balance is extremely difficult. Stress and anxiety can become overwhelming when we work long hours, and even more so when we bring work home with us– which, according to The Atlantic, more than one in three working professionals do. Having such a fine line between work and personal time takes a toll after a while, so it’s important to find ways to maintain your health and well-being as well as develop strategies to prevent and battle stress when it works its way into your life without turning to addictive substances.

Fortunately, there are many easy ways to do this. The first step is to get organized; after that, it’s simply a matter of creating strategies and sticking to them. Here are a few of the best ways to avoid stress and stay healthy in both mind and body when you’re a busy professional.

Draw a line

Depending on your job, you may not always be able to put off answering emails or taking calls at home. Therefore, it’s important to draw a line when it comes to working during personal time. Set aside certain hours at home in which you can take care of those tasks and try to stick to them.

Practice self-care

Taking care of yourself is especially important when you’re a busy professional, so find something that relaxes you and carve time out of your schedule to do it at least once a week. This can include taking a long hot bath, playing a sport with friends, going for a walk, or just sitting down to read a book or watch a favorite television show.

Ask for help

No one can do everything on their own. It’s important to understand that you can ask for help when you need it, so reach out to a trusted friend or family member when things get overwhelming. Ask your boss for assistance if it’s something work-related. If you’re having trouble finding time to get things done around the house, consider enlisting the help of a housekeeper to help you with chores.

Get organized

One of the major setbacks in any professional’s life is disorganization and clutter, so go through your desk and clean it from top to bottom. Buy baskets to keep projects separated by due date and to keep unfinished tasks separate from the ones you’re working on. If you have a filing system in place, take a good look at it and make sure it’s really working for you; if not, clean it up and find a way to make it better.

Exercise daily

Getting in daily exercise is a must if you want to maintain your physical health. If it’s difficult to find the time, work around your schedule; take a brisk walk on your lunch break or run up and down a staircase a few times. Getting your heart rate up for twenty to thirty minutes each day will help you stay healthy and feel good.

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