How to maintain a healthy work and home life!

I don't know how but today is the 3 month anniversary that I started at my first full time job, it feels so surreal that I have worked for 3 months, 5 days a week. To a lot of people that might not sound like a big deal, but to someone who struggled to leave the house at all a matter of two years ago, getting my first full time job was a big deal to me as it would be to most! It's been difficult some days don't get me wrong, but I've found having a healthy balance between home and work life has really helped me. So I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for managing to keep this balance, and hopefully it will help some of you to do the same.

Leave work at work. 
First things first, as difficult as it may be in some jobs it is important to leave work at work, I remember when I was working in healthcare, I would go home and spend hours thinking about clients wondering if they were ok etc. It wasn't healthy, I couldn't do anything about it and as much as it sucks sometimes, you need to put yourself first, take some time away, forget it all for the night.

Take YOU time. 
Often we do not realise how bad we need time for ourselves until it becomes too much, the aim of this is to take some time for yourself each night, whether that be an hour of tv, or a half an hour gym session or even a night of blogging, whatever helps you relax, you do that! I often find a face mask, a couple of episodes of my favourite show- I'm into my crime docs at the moment and an early night helps me.

Try to avoid stress. 
Easier said than done right? Work can be a very stressful place, especially when you are there more than you are at home (most of us right?) but it's important to try avoid piling extra stress on yourself to help you maintain a healthy balance. Organisations like the FSB help with a number of business issues but what else can you do to balance your work and home and home life properly? 

Have fun!
When you work a lot it is often easy to neglect your social life due to being a tired a lot, but it is important to still see friends after work/on the weekend. Go out for a drinks and have a good time, laughing is a great way to reduce stress in your life and make you feel better. (P.s. don't have too much fun on a work night, ha ha) 

It's ok to say no. 
Your manager asks you to do overtime for the 3rd night this week and you just don't want to, it's okay to say no and not feel about it. You are allowed to say no to extra work if it is not part of your job role, you do not need to feel guilty for not wanting to say behind, you can do what you want to do. YOU are important. 

Eat better!
A lot easier said than done right? I am the worst for eating properly, I am forever eating takeaways after work as I feel too lazy to cook. However if you eat three balanced meals a day you are likely to feel a lot better, because to be honest there isn't much worse than being hungry. It's important to start the day right, I usually have eggs and toast, however there are other suggestions like cereal or oats. I've found some great oat recipes on this website. Making sure you have a good lunch is essential too, sandwiches or salads are often a good choice. 

Get plenty of rest. 
Another one that I really struggle with, getting enough sleep at night. If you have a good nights sleep it is more than likely you will be better at work the next day, I know when I've had a poor nights sleep and go to work it's hard to focus and you feel awful and it just drags you down. Try to remove yourself from all devices at least an hour before bed and give yourself time to wind down.

What tips do you have for maintaining a healthy balance? 

*Collaborative post 
Olivia Jade


  1. Great post! I can also relate a lot to the struggles of a full-time Job, as like yourself i used to not be able to leave my house and still struggle sometimes, Congratulations hope you are enjoying your work. take care xx

  2. Congratulations on the job (3 months late in saying this I know!). Having a full time job is so tough and until recently I was a stickler for not leaving work at work. I was actually bringing paper work home or staying up to 12 hours in the office to get things done, and everything you've said above is so much more important than finishing something off that isn't pivotal to your success within that role. Leaving work at work is so important, my partner and I tend to avoid even talking about it, unless we've had a particularly bad day. But even then, it's a brief discussion before we settle in for a nice evening together and take some time to relax :)

    Issy | MissIsGoode

  3. I really needed to read this today - I have been working extra hard and stressing myself out a bit.
    Time for some 'me time' :)

    Dani x

  4. Aw its good that the job is going well, having fun and striking a balance between work and play is so important. That is definitely something that I need to work on though for sure!

  5. Leaving work at work, so essential yet so hard sometimes! It's something I'm working on haha

  6. I completely agree with this post, it's so hard finding the right balance!


  7. I don't work full time ATM but I can remember the struggle well and having no down time when I got home x