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7 Ways to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance

When it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you want, what do you do? How do you handle work and personal life? Work-life balance is something everyone struggles with at one point or another, but it is achievable. Just like anything else, it takes skill and practice. Check out our 7 tips to help achieve a better balance, and to start feeling happier both in and outside of work.

Set Realistic Goals

Everyone has goals they want to achieve in both their professional and personal lives. But sometimes we reach too far or make our goals too big and as a result, they become overwhelming and feel unachievable. Start by setting realistic, SMART goals; ones that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. These types of goals can be tackled by breaking them up into smaller steps and goals. You’ll feel satisfied achieving small wins along the way and stay motivated to move towards the next step.

Learn to Say No

When you’re feeling overwhelmed and work starts to spill into personal time, it’s often a sign that you might have too much on your plate. Learning how to say no is critical in achieving better work-life balance, but it will first take some practice. Get comfortable with your assertiveness by practicing during situations where the stakes are lower. This can help you build courage to say no in more difficult situations—after all, confidence is a muscle we all need to exercise. You’ll find that you’ll feel happier and more balanced when you prioritize what you really want and say no to things you don’t.

Be a Planner

Still feeling like there’s never enough time for everything? If so, you might not be scheduling your time effectively. Putting your to-do’s on paper in a planner can help you become better at time management, and more easily keep track of events, appointments, errands, and tasks. The smooth flowing ink of the STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen makes creating lists easy, while the STEEL PM-701 Permanent Marker is perfect for drawing attention to your most pressing tasks.

Concentrate on One Thing

Take every day and every task one step at a time. Oftentimes when we think we’re multitasking, we aren’t really doing two things at once—but instead, doing individual actions in rapid succession. Take a task, whether it be professional or personal, and give it your full attention. Finish the task, and then move on to the next one. Being “where your feet are” allows you to be present in the moment and focus more clearly.

Have the Right Tools

Whether it’s needing a specific piece of software to better perform a function in your work role or having the right pen in hand to help you stand out in your office meeting, having the right tools matter. When you’re equipped with products that are reliable and high quality, you perform better, too. The Sarasa Grand Retractable Pen combines quality performance and style, making it the perfect tool for crossing off your to-do list and making a great impression. If you’re looking for durability and reliability without compromising on sleekness, look no further than the STEEL F-701 ALL METAL Ballpoint Retractable Pen.

Disconnect from Time to Time

It’s easy to get sucked into tasks and feel like you have to be available 24/7 for both life and work. Taking time to disconnect from the outside world can be difficult, but it is necessary. Put down the phone, put away the computer, and take a deep breath. Giving yourself time to disconnect can help you refocus and go back into work refreshed and ready to take on anything that comes your way!

Practice Self Care

Being burnt out can affect not just your mental wellbeing, but also your physical health. In order to destress and restore, we recommend intentionally setting aside time to practice selfcare—otherwise, it may never be a priority. Do the simple things that will make you feel better; Drink lots of water, take a walk, unplug, and take quiet time when it’s necessary. Taking care of yourself will positively effect both your work life and your personal life.

Attempting to find work-life balance can be tricky but if you start with small steps, you will see how they lead to big changes. There are many benefits of work-life balance but the biggest is being able to enjoy both separately. You can love your job and love your downtime without sacrificing either.

3 Ways To Incorporate Writing Into Self-Care Practice

Practicing self-care is more than just exercising and eating healthy.  However, it’s also crucial to develop habits that nurture your mental health. Writing can be a powerful tool to ease your mind and allow your creativity to flourish.

According to writer and psychotherapist Karen Dempsey, writing is a self-care activity that she highly recommends to her clients. “In my work as a psychotherapist, I encourage my clients to keep a journal – or at least to allow themselves to write freely when they have pent-up emotions that need to be aired. ‘Better out then in’ is my mantra,” Dempsey explains in her article, “How Expressive Writing Can Support Your Mental Health.” Whether you choose to keep a daily journal, anyone can use writing to improve their mental health. Anyone can benefit from exploring and understanding emotions through writing.

Self-Care Daily Recap 

Incorporating writing into your daily routine allows you to unwind and spend quiet time alone before bed, after work, or whenever suits you best. Write and reflect on the peaks and valley of your day to track your progress, accomplishments, and challenges you have overcome. Using your favorite pen will help you look forward to writing at the end of the day. Try the new Sarasa Grand, or the STEEL G-402 for a smooth performance and attractive barrel.

Optimist-Only Writing

This technique allows you to find positivity in any day. Optimist-only writing exercises your ability to let go of negativity, and focus solely on positive emotions that you may feel on a daily or weekly basis.  Write about how obstacles will make you a better employee, student, and person. Create a bullet journal spread of positive mantras, and use Zebra Mildliners to decorate and color.

Expressive Writing

Expressive writing allows you to record an authentic, raw stream of consciousness without paying attention to perfect handwriting or grammar. Allow your creativity to take over, and use fun products like Zensations Fountain Pens or Sarasa Fineliners.

How-to Practice Mindfulness This Summer

The mindfulness movement has experienced huge growth in the past year alone, as more and more people are placing an emphasis on mental health awareness. If you’re looking to reduce anxiety or perhaps just take more time to live in the moment and focus on the present, mindfulness and meditation can be a great way for you to #FindYourZen this summer.

Mindfulness is simply a state of mind that is achieved by focusing on the present moment and consciously thinking about one’s own feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. According to Forbes, mindfulness has been proven to reduce anxiety, reduce implicit age and race bias, prevent and treat depression, increase body satisfaction, improve cognition, and reduce brain distractions. Many people achieve this state of mind through meditation however, losing yourself in any activity that you love could also help you reach those benefits.

Use these methods to practice mindfulness this summer.

Breathe Deeply

Practicing mindful breathing for at least 15 minutes a day can help melt away the stress of your day. Whether it’s while walking, listening to music, eating, or even showering, focus your mind on your breathing. Take deep breaths, sure to focus on the motion of the rising and falling of your chest. Breathe in cadence with the music to feel more connected to your favorite song. Try to stay focused on simply breathing, and if your mind begins to wander, slowly bring it back to your breathing. You can practice mindful breathing wherever you are.

Write in a Journal

Mindfulness and creativity are complementary. Exploring your creativity can strengthen your mindfulness practice, and vice versa. Take time to sit down and write in a journal this summer. Write about your emotional changes, inner thoughts, and most importantly, the present moment. Try using Zebra’s Sarasa Grand for an indulgent writing experience. With a weighted brass barrel and smooth ink flow, focus on the motion of your hand and the importance of each letter or word you are writing.

Recognize Emotions

In the chaos of everyday life, it can be difficult to take time to recognize your emotions as they arise. Rather than subconsciously feeling emotional changes, try to acknowledge those emotions to better determine their purpose and how to cope with them appropriately. If you are at work or in a busy setting and you feel an intense surge of emotion, good or bad, don’t ignore it. Later, allow yourself to reconcile any negativity, and write about what may have triggered the negative energy.

Express Yourself Through Art

Sketching, drawing, coloring, poetry— whatever you enjoy, make a conscious effort to do it more this summer. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, you can still practice expressing your thoughts and feelings through art. Zebra’s Zensations line of products was created with your inner artist in mind. From our Zensations Calligraphy Pen to our Sarasa Fineliner and Zensations Technical Pen, there is a product for every artist. Be sure to focus on hand movements, thoughts, and breathing whenever you practice mindful artistry this summer. Allow yourself to feel accomplished and proud of your work.

Adjust Your Daily Routine

As simple as it seems, altering your daily routine is an easy way to practice mindfulness. Changing your route to get to work or taking a different path on your walk or run will subconsciously focus your thoughts on your surroundings and the present. Focus on your senses, how things look and smell. Try a new food for lunch, a new fitness class, or read a new book. You could even write about your new experiences later in your journal.

Be Present

No matter how you practice mindfulness, the most important tip to remember is to be present. Being present is an art. It means allowing yourself to be available, emotionally and physically, in every moment. Put your phone down and enjoy being around others or participating in your favorite activities independently. Whether you are present in the activities we have suggested, or even while hanging out with your friends, you can practice mindfulness by appreciating and living in the present moment this summer.

What are your best mindfulness tips? Use the hashtag #FindYourZen and tell us!