Steps to a work-life balance that works for you

Work, life, family, health: is having it all a real possibility? Yes, say these seven wellness CEOs in conversation with Emily Laurence of WellAndGood.

  1. Prioritise your needs: Elizabeth Stein, co-founder of Purely Elizabeth, says you should exercise before you hit your email. Once you get to work, you get sucked in, and being healthy is just as important for you as it is for your work.
  2. Plan for relaxation: ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia calendars everything, including downtime, so there’s no excuse not to take a break. You can do the same.
  3. Leave your phone behind: Suze Yalof Schwartz, founder of Unplug Meditation, says when taking a break be sure to really unwind by turning your phone off.
  4. Build boundaries: NAO Nutrition founder Nikki Ostrower’s advice is to separate out your work and home life – and don’t let them intrude on one another.
  5. Or mix everything: Melanie Whelan, CEO SoulCycle, has the opposite advice – do what needs to be done whenever it needs to be done. Note: not everyone can take their kids to the office, of course.
  6. Commit to a digital bedtime: Sean Hoess, cofounder of Wanderlust, says you should set a curfew for work activities – and then commit to switching off so you can get on with your home life or just get some sleep.
  7. Find fun work: Sarah Robb, CEO of Flywheel, advises you to do something you love; that way a skewed work-life balance might not be such a big problem after all. An alternative might be to give yourself fun tasks when you’re feeling down.

Seven tips for achieving work-life balance, according to wellness execs

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