Achieving a work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat these days. Technology makes workers accessible around the clock. For people in social media professions, it can be more challenging to maintain boundaries between working all the time and really turning off.
On Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Social Media Charlotte hosted a virtual conversation on mental wellness strategies to balance work, life and social media. Leading the discussion were panelists Asha Ellison, Former Mental Health Counselor; Marketing & Communications Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Tom Gettelman, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Admissions, HopeWay, Cristina Wilson, Founder of Mood House and moderator Katie McKiever, Brand Journalism Manager, Atrium Health.
What is work-life balance?
Work-life balance means something different to every individual. It describes the ideal situation in which an employee can split their time and energy between work and other important aspects of their life. Achieving work-life balance is a daily challenge.
“Work-life balance changes as you grow older. Your roles change and the responsibilities that come with that. Give yourself permission to prioritize so that you can have the balance as you define it to be.” – Tom Gettleman, PhD
How to communicate your desired work-life balance to your employer
Since a demanding work life often stems from a demanding boss, it can be difficult to know how to broach the topic.
“Know what you’re asking for so you can be specific. Come equipped with solutions” – Tom Gettleman, PhD
“Be your biggest advocate. Stand up for yourself.” – Asha Ellison
“Train people to have the tools they need to help themselves and not always rely on you and assume you’re going to break those boundaries for them.” Cristina Wilson
What are some things you can do to manage your work-life balance while working from home?
Recent evidence suggests that working from home means working more. It is vital to establish flexible social rituals around taking short breaks throughout the workday.
“Create some accountability for planning your balance. If you know you’re going to break a self-care date with yourself, then make it with a friend.” – Cristina Wilson