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Work-Life Balance Starts with Boundaries

11/28/2016 12:00PM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Parenting, Family, Today




By Alyssa Kuecker, Avera Health 

 




Sitting around the dinner table, your son is eagerly telling you how well he did on his history presentation. Your phone dings, and your child’s voice fades away as you answer another work email.

 
At 5 o’clock, you so eagerly left the office — perhaps it followed you home.

 
Work is important, but it shouldn’t prevent you from missing the important moments at home. Chris Pudwill an outpatient therapist at Avera, talks about why we still engage in office work at home and how you can help yourself achieve better work-life balance.

 
Is there an increase in work-life balance issues?
It’s always been a struggle to keep up with your responsibilities at work as well as home, especially when it became more common to have both parents working. Today, we have more access to our work through the use of smartphones, laptops, etc. It’s easy to take a few minutes to answer an email when we feel our phone buzz in our pocket.

 
Why is it difficult for people to leave work at work?
For a lot of professionals, the role they play at work is part of their identity. For example, doctors and lawyers are heavily invested in other people’s lives, and issues they deal with on a day-to-day basis are hard to turn off when your own family wants to grab an ice cream cone on the way to the park. Other people may wear multiple hats at work, and therefore need extra time to meet all those demands. Still, others fear losing their job, so they work longer and harder to prove their worth.

 
What are signs that you’re out of balance?
Signs may include feeling irritable, difficulty falling or staying asleep, changes in appetite and other physical symptoms such as upset stomach. At home, you may be physically present, but your eyes are glossed over as you think about your duties at the office. Other signs include the obvious working from home, taking or making calls.

 
What are helpful tips to put your life in balance?
Set boundaries if you are able to. Not every email or call is an emergency! Learn to screen your emails and calls; let them go to voicemail and if it seems urgent, go ahead and follow through. Or, set aside an hour each night after the kids go to bed to answer email. The trick is to not work continuously at home if your focus should be on your family.



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    04/08/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Come on out for a day of shopping! Food Trucks, Craft Vendors, Gifts, Face Painting, Baby Gifts, ...


  • Super Second Saturdays

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Super 2nd Saturday is a special new program for our patrons! Each month features new exciting, ed...


  • Super 2nd Saturday

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Super 2nd Saturday is a special new program for our patrons! Each month features new exciting, ed...


  • Spring Party

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    Hop on over to Morningside Community Center. We will be playing games, making friends and making ...


  • Easter Bunny at Sioux Empire Mall

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 08:00PM

    IT'S TIME FOR EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS He'll be waiting for you Center Court. Simply go to simon.noe...


  • Tee-Ball

    04/08/2017
    10:00AM — 10:45AM

    Come to this intro class on tee-ball.where you can learn to play the sport or practice the skills...


  • R is for Robot

    04/08/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    It's a robot party. Come join Chip, Sprocket, and all the other robots as we explore all thing ro...


  • Infant CPR

    04/08/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Monthly on the second Saturday


  • Tee-Ball

    04/08/2017
    11:00AM — 11:45AM

    Come to this intro class on tee-ball.where you can learn to play the sport or practice the skills...


  • ATTENTION RETURNING CAMPERS! RECONNECT WITH YOUR CAMP FRIENDS! PLAY YOUR FAVORITE CAMP SPORT! ...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    04/08/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Mary W. Sommervold Hall Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA i...


  • Super Saturday's

    04/08/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    We are bringing back our Saturday night open gym! Every Saturday night from 6-8pm! Anyone ages 6-...


  • R is for Robot

    04/08/2017
    06:15PM — 07:15PM

    It's a robot party. Come join Chip, Sprocket, and all the other robots as we explore all thing ro...


  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators...


  • Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

    04/08/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA Mary W. Sommervold Hall Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA i...


  • Archival Preservation Program

    04/09/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Do you have important documents you would like to preserve? If so, the Old Courthouse Museum w...


  • Stained Glass Concert

    04/09/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    EVENT OVERVIEW: Join the SDSO for the sixth season of the Stained Glass Series. Experience the...



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