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Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

Modern life is a cycle of go, stop, go. Not only do we subject ourselves to statistically unhealthy cycles of work, but we also don’t leave that work at home. With email and other electronic methods of communication, far too many of us take our work home with us. This is particularly true when our ambitions have us working beyond what is expected of us just so that we can make that impression and get that promotion. The only thing these unhealthy work/life balances are doing for us is pushing us towards a burnout. It is time to prioritize our health and learn to relax and have fun.

Disconnect from Work

The first step, regardless of how rewarding, fun, or exciting your work may be, is to disconnect from it. A balanced life is one that allows you to pursue all of your interests, and the only way you can have time to do that is by disconnecting from work. Set automated emails if you need to, but maintain boundaries. Your personal time is your own time.

Unwind with a Fun Game

Though addiction to technology is a very real issue, you can use it to your advantage in this case. On your way home or when you get in right after work, you have the ability to completely distract yourself and put distance between work-related stress and home by simply taking your phone out of your pocket. Play fun Unibet casino games, get your mind off of work, and potentially even win some money. It’s a great way to give your mind the cleansing it needs to start the relaxation process. Just remember to play responsibly.

Put Effort into Your Dinner

When it is finally time to make dinner, pull out all the stops. The more effort you put into your meal and your nutrition, the better. Cooking can be a great way to calm down and wind down, making it both a relaxing and healthy hobby to partake. To truly have fun, however, invite your friends over for weekly dinners!

Take an Hour or Two to Pursue a Passion

Even if you are lucky enough to have a job that sets you towards your dream, chances are you are passionate about more than that one thing. Take an hour or two after dinner to pursue those extra passions, so that you can have fun and develop on multiple levels.

Be Strict with Your Nighttime Routine

Though this won’t necessarily be “fun,” being strict with your nighttime routine can help you relax and enjoy a deeper sleep every time. What this means is more natural energy in the morning and throughout the day to commit to your job and your pastimes.

By prioritizing your health and wellbeing, you are not hurting your chances of a promotion, but instead, you are improving them. You might not gain that promotion as fast as you wanted, but you will be able to work productively, consistently, for years to come. This means that not only are these changes great for your quality of life, but they will also help your career down the line.