Our professional lives are indeed important, but life isn’t all about work, after all. No matter how much you like your job, it’s only smart to have something outside of work that you’re passionate about doing. Understandably, however, it can be a challenge, especially in the US, where work-life balance isn’t always built into organizational culture. We end up working long hours and even into the weekend, consumed by our work, needing to meet this or that deadline, easily losing sight of the importance of downtime and personal pursuits. But striking a balance between work and play will help reduce burnout and create longevity on the job front.
That’s great if you like your job, but what if you don’t? Well, same strategy really. Having some sort of creative, athletic, or social outlet that is completely unrelated to work, can be very beneficial if you’re unhappy in your current job. The idea is that you have something fun or meaningful to look forward to and feed your soul during those less than inspiring work hours. That’s not to say, you should be in a job indefinitely if you’re unhappy there. But while you are there, outlets can help make it a little happier and little more bearable, and maybe even lead to a new job or career.
Check out meetup.com for ways to fulfill those passions and interests, or to discover new ones! Or maybe you lean more introverted and group activities aren’t your favorite thing. Then things like reading, journaling, working out, creative writing, coloring, puzzles, baking, and meditating, just to name a few, are all worthwhile pursuits too, and healthy outlets for everyone!