Work Life Balance-MedPartners

If you’re a case manager, you know firsthand how busy and hectic the job can be at times. Between being on your feet all day to working multiple shifts, it’s easy to feel burned out. Before you spiral out of control, it’s imperative to establish a sense of work-life balance so you don’t become completely overwhelmed. Remember, you have control over how you spend your time and energy. Here’s how you can get on the path to a better work-life balance:

Take your annual paid time off. It’s nearly impossible to recharge your batteries if you never take paid vacation time. Taking at least a couple vacations each year is essential for clarity and alertness, as any case management job can take its toll on your mental health over time. If you’re uneasy about taking time off, remember that planning ahead is paramount. Evaluating your workflow; delegating as appropriate; and clarifying your priorities with your boss, will allow you to take your vacation time without feeling pressured by work demands. The key to taking days off is to plan them ahead so that your responsibilities can be allocated accordingly with your team well in advance.

Invest in your health. Neglecting your own health can have detrimental effects on your physical and mental well-being, causing your performance to suffer on the job and having a direct effect on your stress levels. Investing in your wellness through regular exercise and nutrition will allow you to function at your best at work, as well as maximize your time off with family and friends. Getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise are all necessary to achieve a positive work-life balance in which you can function at your most optimal level.

Address sources of stress at work. If you tend to take home the day’s aggravations and stresses, chances are you’re sabotaging any sense of work-life balance for yourself. The cause of burnout in many case managers is toxic relationships in the workplace. If you have a challenging relationship with your supervisor, it’s time to address issues you’re experiencing on the job. Neglecting to confront your problems in a prompt manner will only result in more stress and anxiety in which you’ll eventually become completely burned out and ready to throw in the towel.

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