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Work-life balance tips for a calmer 2021

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Take a deep breath in and slowly release it. This year is almost over, and most people are ready to leave this year behind and approach 2021 with a clean slate. This year was a wild ride for almost everyone. When you weren’t pulling your hair out watching the news, you were setting up your home office in your dining room, living room, bedroom or even your closet. Maybe the home you have now is starting to feel a little crowded and you’ve casually begun a new house-hunting journey. Without a spare room to separate work-life balance, you might feel like you’re always on the clock.

Rediscover your perfect work-life balance

Essentially, the lines between work and home became more and more blurred over the last 12 months. You might have found yourself trying to cook a quick breakfast before your morning meeting and still taking calls from your couch after dinner. If you’re feeling overwhelmingly tired, you’re not alone. You’ve been unknowingly giving your career all of you, and saving nothing for yourself. 

So next year is going to be different. Next year, you’ll rediscover your perfect work-life balance. We know this task isn’t an easy one — new habits of associating home with work will be hard to break, even if you do upgrade to a larger home. To help guide you through finding a calmer and healthier 2021, we got some expert advice from therapists, CEOs and life coaches!

Here are 10 work-life balance tips from wellness experts on how to spend less time on your work computer and more time on self-care.

With these work-life balance tips in your back pocket, there’s nothing 2021 can throw at you that you can’t fight back with wellness and self-care on your side. No matter what, remember it’s okay to prioritize you and your family’s happiness. If prioritizing your happiness means finding a bigger space, then Zolo has you covered.

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Romana King

Romana King is an award-winning personal finance writer, real estate expert and the current Director of Content at Zolo Homebase. Romana has contributed to business and lifestyle publications including CBC.ca, Toronto Sun, Maclean’s, MoneySense, Globe & Mail Custom Content Team, and The Toronto Star. Among her achievements, Romana won silver for her annual Where to Buy Now real estate package in the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. In 2015, she won a SABEW Business Journalism award. When she was editor of CI Top Broker, Romana helped guide her team to obtain its first KRW Business Journalism nomination, and in 2011, she was part of a small team that helped MoneySense win Magazine of the Year at the 34th annual National Magazine Awards. Her north star is to consistently provide actionable, valuable and accurate information that helps elevate the financial literacy of everyone.