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The typical schedule of an average Canadian family is often very full—some would say too full! Juggling between work, family and other obligations can be stressful and even exhausting at times. It’s therefore wise to achieve a certain balance by setting limits and being as organized as possible.
Learn to delegate
Some people insist on doing everything themselves. Delegating is essential when your schedule becomes too busy. Whether at work or at home, learn to accept that there are tasks that can be done right—even if they’re done differently—by another person.
Avoid overloading the family schedule
Many families find themselves overwhelmed trying to squeeze the activities of every family member into their week. Before saying “yes” to Johnny who wants to sign up for football and soccer, take the time to determine how this new activity would fit into the family’s schedule, not just into Johnny’s schedule.
Writing all the activities down on a family activity schedule or electronic calendars can help give you a better overall picture before making a decision.
Consider working from home
If your job allows you to do so, and you have the right personality for it, working from home—either on a regular or occasional basis—can considerably lighten your load.
Learn to disengage
These days, technology allows us to remain connected and reachable at all times. To achieve a comfortable life balance, learn to disengage from the office in the evenings, on weekends, and during your vacations. If you must remain in contact, don’t be afraid to set strict limits with your colleagues.
Be physically active
Being physically active on a regular basis helps you manage stress better, have more energy, sleep better, improve your mood, and enjoy overall health benefits. Of course, it’s important to choose a sport that fits in well with your daily schedule.
Ask for help
Your pharmacist can be a big help if you’re having trouble achieving work-family balance. For example, he or she can synchronize the prescription renewals of all the members of your family—one trip to the pharmacy and you’re done!If you feel overwhelmed, talk to your pharmacist. He or she will make suggestions or refer you to the appropriate resources in your community, as needed.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.