Article | March 2018

How to Find Balance

Life can be a juggling act. Work, family, and personal needs compete for your time and attention. Finding a sense of balance can help. You can live a rich and dynamic life and keep up with your responsibilities. Keep reading and learn how to balance your life.

At home

  • Spend time with your kids. This boosts their self-esteem and strengthens your relationships. Spend as much quality time with them as you can.
  • Make meal times special. Eat together as a family several times a week. Encourage everyone to share news and excitement. And serve healthy meals that everyone enjoys.
  • Hold family meetings. Use regular meetings to discuss goals, problems, events, and chores.
  • Keep a family calendar. Note all appointments, meetings, activities, and special occasions. Post the calendar where everyone can use it.
  • Have fun as a family. Plan fun family activities. Exercise together - try bike rides or hikes. Join fundraising walks and fun runs. Take day trips to relaxing places.

At work

  • Plan, prioritize, organize. Make short-term and long-term plans for your projects. Write a to-do list of tasks each day. Prioritize your tasks, and list the most important jobs first. Set a deadline for each task so you can complete the project on time.
  • Take breaks. Breaks help you concentrate. Get up and stretch, have a glass of water, or take a short walk.
  • Use your lunch hour. Write a letter, run an errand, or make personal telephone calls. Or energize by reading a book or taking a walk.
  • Sharpen your communication skills. Learn to express yourself clearly and understand what others are saying. Good communication means fewer problems at work — and at home. Talk with your supervisor if you’re having any problems at work.

At leisure

  • Cultivate your interests. Is there something you've always wanted to do, but haven't had time? Make yourself a priority. Take time for gardening, golf or crafts. Sign up for art classes. Join a bowling league. Or learn to play an instrument.
  • Build exercise into your routine. Join a health center or explore other options for regular exercise. Schedule your exercise and put it on the calendar. Make plans to work out with a friend. It's more fun, and it helps you commit to exercising.
  • Take mini-vacations. Plan a day trip to the country or a recreational area. Mini trips add fun and relaxation to your life at little cost.
  • Get involved. Find out how you can involve yourself in your community. Coach your child’s soccer team. Give a crafts demonstration for the local scouting group. Or volunteer for a special project at your place of worship.
  • Use your Employee Assistance Program. If you purchase a plan through an employer, your organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a great resource.* It can help you find childcare and refer you to services, resources, and information on learning to balance work and family demands.
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* If you purchase a plan through the marketplace, you may not be offered Cigna's Employee Assistance Program.

This material is provided by Cigna for informational/educational purposes only. It is not medical/clinical advice. Only a health care provider can make a diagnosis or recommend a treatment plan. For more information about your behavioral health benefits, you can call the member services or behavioral health telephone number listed on your health care ID card.