How to Strike a Balance Between Work and Personal Life

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.” — Thomas Kinkade

Those words from the late American painter Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) perfectly describes our cover-story subject in this summer issue of Fil-Am Who’s Who: veteran psychiatric nurse Darlene Dilangalen-Borromeo.

Originally from Lagao, General Santos City, Darlene specializes in mental health and gerontology while raising her family, together with her husband, Jesus “Bong” Borromeo. With more than 30 years of professional experience, she takes pride in what she does. “Whatever project I do or whatever I’m involved in, it’s still about my being a nurse. I’m a nurse first before I became a wife before I became a mother. But all of these come together to define who I am,” Darlene shares more on pages 10-12.

Unlike Darlene, if you find it difficult to achieve a balance between your working hours at the office and your personal time at home, you are not alone. However, there are practical means and ways to attain that elusive balance.

Here are some:

Know Your Limitations: Start delegating your tasks, e.g. research work, presentation materials, among your staff or employees. Also, teach your son or daughter to do the laundry or shop for groceries when you’re away from home.

Prioritize: List down what are the most important to-do list for the day and what can be done tomorrow or by the end of the week.

Eat Healthily: Eat a variety of foods in small amounts. A healthy diet is a key to a sound mind and body.

Put Down Your Mobile Phone: Don’t you realize you’re spending a lot more time on your phone and social media nowadays instead of getting up to exercise, walk your dog, or strike a conversation with your colleagues, friends, and family?

Plan Holidays: Together with your family and close friends, take a short break from work at least twice in a year.

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