Connect different aspects of life in a way that strengthens your overall wellbeing.
Balance is often described as a feeling of harmony. Sometimes we notice when balance is not ideal because we see symptoms which could include poor sleep, poor concentration, feeling overwhelmed or irritable and perhaps lonely.
Below you will find three common blocks (barriers and misconceptions) that slow down our progress when thinking about creating balance within our lives.
I’m stressed, I don’t think balancing my time will help me and I don’t have time to think about it!
Unmanaged stress can make you feel like you’re always running without getting anywhere. Managing stress and taking time to do this allows for you to have some perspective and for your ‘rested brain’ to work out what needs to be done.
I think I should just study – I don’t have time for anything else
In fact evidence suggests that time away from study, that is not so structured, can improve performance, concentration and memory.
If I don’t get my study-life balance right, I will never be okay
There is not just one way to do something. It is your life and you need to determine what works for you, and this may need to change occasionally as you change over time.
Below are three things you can do to boost success.
Play to your strengths
When determining how you will plan out your study, work out how, when and where you study best. You can then plan around this to ensure you have a balance of other activities.
Manage your time to include non-study activities
Particularly important when trying to boost wellbeing are exercise, connection with others and sleep. Instead of randomly looking for ways to relax, try some known wellbeing measures and incorporate down time into your weekly plan. This animation about putting your 'eggs in baskets' is a simple way to conceptualise work/life balance.
Credits: Idea by Cate Howell, rendering by James Gleeson-McCoy.
Allow for some flexibility
What works one day may need to change the next. Varying your routine is good for brain development and for helping you avoid boredom. Allowing for a few experiments to see what works, is a good idea.