It’s been a while since I’ve had a nice night on the town; but tonight I’m heading out for a fancy feast and a Jann Arden concert. So, what’s HR’ish about that? Well…nothing really…except that I believe it’s important to have a work/life balance. Having a relaxing evening out will make the stress of the work-day that much easier.
“Me Time” – that’s big stuff!
We have a tendency to work ourselves to death and especially in times of downsizing and cutting back – doing more with less – it’s everywhere. I read an article recently that gave some tips on how to handle the stress of downsizing and re-organizing. Item #6 referred to protecting your leisure time and while it may seem like the least likely thing to do – it may be one of the best things you can do for yourself (see http://www.stresscure.com/jobstress/reorg.html) for more info.
It may be that dinner out and a concert is out of your budget (fortunately for me, this was a gift) but there’s still a lot of things you can do just for yourself. Go for a nice walk in the park, have a bubble bath, read a great book, play a game of cards with friends…find something that can remove your thoughts from work.
I’m grateful that I have something else to focus on right now because the news tends to dwell on the difficulties we’re facing in the economy right now. To give you something to think about – remember – we’ve been here before and there is a turn-around predicted according to the Bank of Canada reports (http://www.cbc.ca/money/storey/2009/07/23/bank-canada-economy-recovery.html)
In the meantime, take control of what you can – and take some time to enjoy life with your family and friends. Work to live – don’t live to work!