Jumping straight back in where I left off, on Saturday, here is the rest of my ‘treat’ list.
- If the first two suggestions aren’t your cup of tea, then how about a relaxing beauty treatment? Check out the friendly ladies at North London based Alternatives Hair and Beauty, see www.hair-removal-london.co.uk. Again if you are watching the pennies, then keep an eye out for special offers. Anyone who is on Twitter will already be aware that I visit Alternatives and am more than happy with the service I receive.
- Going for walks, obviously benefits us in many ways, see The City of London’s website, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/Pages/default.aspx or Visit London’s website, www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/openspace.
- Enrolling on courses – residential and non- residential may seem like work. However depending on the course, a short summer course or one over a few terms, can benefit your mind/body/soul and your business. If you think about it, if you are happy, then you become more productive. Maybe instead of going for a course that relates to your work, how about choosing a course for something that you have always wanted to do. See, www.citylit.ac.uk for inspiration. Remember to look back at the blogs- Free Can be Fantastic parts one and two about free courses. I plan to study with Fircroft College, see fircroft.ac.uk/. This is a supportive specialist, mostly residential college whose course range covers subjects for those who have been out of education for a while, through to clients who need management and coaching qualifications. They work closely with the voluntary sector.
- Speaking of voluntary work, this can be extremely therapeutic. We spend a great deal of time trying to make a living, when we could make a life. Little changes can make our own lives better, and the lives of those around us. I am always checking out Do-it.org for volunteering ideas, See https://do-it.org/. I have recently chosen to work with Mencap.
Although I used the word ‘treat’ to talk about giving myself a reward for my hard work, in the end it is how we treat (look after) ourselves that count towards having a good work life balance. Following the practical tips suggested in the Mental Health Guide and finding our own way of switching off, can only be a good thing. The suggestions I have made may not appeal to you, but hopefully they have inspired you to not only think about the work- life balance, and actually do something about it.