It’s natural to feel challenged by balancing your professional life and being the best partner with your packed schedule and running a to-do list. It may even feel impossible on particularly stressful days. If you’re also wondering how to balance relationships and work, you are at the right place.
Health Shots spoke to Devina Kaur, a motivational speaker, radio host, and producer, who listed some important ways to manage a mismatched work-life balance in a relationship, especially when it is causing issues with your partner.
One of your first actions should be to sit down and have an open, sincere, and honest conversation with yourself and your partner. Self-reflection will ensure that you are on the same page with others. Behavior that seems perfectly reasonable to one of you might be causing unneeded stress, anxiety, or resentment for the other. You both need to keep in mind that, no matter how close you are, your partner cannot read your mind. Unless you communicate with them, they might not realize there is a problem.
It takes healthy boundaries to strike a balance between work and personal life. Without feeling guilty, you can talk to your partner about the boundaries you require, such as an additional hour of sleep or staying out late for a meeting. Together, you can establish boundaries, such as no cell phones during dinner or in bed.
You can establish what works for you both by establishing boundaries together through discussions. Return to these boundaries on a regular basis to see if they are working as intended or if there is a better way to try things in the future.
Each of us is motivated by very different things. Some people find fulfillment outside of their jobs, while others are career-driven. Although there is no right or wrong way to be, it can be beneficial in the long run to gain a clear understanding of what motivates each of you. It’s okay if your core values differ from those of your partners.
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When work is busy, time passes more swiftly. Take a step back and check in with your partner emotionally. What mood are they in? Do they feel supported by you or seen by you? Talk about how you two can feel more connected.
Count on love most of all. Make an effort to love your partner. Giving them small praise or going on vacation with the intention of spending time together can both be small but meaningful ways to express your love. Ensure people feel seen by telling them you adore them.