Attaining work-life equilibrium can be a significant challenge for students in higher education. To succeed, they must maintain an ideal balance between working, staying involved on campus, attending social activities and fulfilling additional responsibilities such as childcare or financial obligations while still caring for themselves and staying healthy and well.
At times, managing schoolwork, part-time jobs and family commitments can be challenging for some individuals. Under such pressures it isn’t unusual for students to experience fatigue, lack of sleep or even depression as a result of having so much on their plate at once.
Students experiencing burnout and low wellbeing tend to struggle more in their studies, increasing the likelihood of dropout. Offering support to these students by acknowledging their struggles and responding with personalized solutions may help them find balance and build their sense of self-efficacy.
While maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial, no single solution fits every person. Take time to consider your personal goals, needs, and priorities; prioritize urgent and important tasks against non-urgent, yet enjoyable or essential activities; use tools such as calendars, planners and phone apps to stay on track over time, recording your progress.
Setting realistic goals and not falling prey to perfectionism are equally essential in maintaining motivation, while decreasing stress. Mindfulness practice and self-care practices may prove helpful in relieving this tension while increasing productivity and motivation levels.