Starting an Entry level Job? Tips for Maintaining Work-Life Balance and Mental Well-Being

April 23, 2024

Starting an entry-level job marks a significant milestone in your career journey. It brings excitement, new challenges, and a myriad of opportunities to learn and grow. However, diving into Recruitment can also be overwhelming, especially when trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance and safeguard your mental well-being. Here are practical tips to help you navigate your new role without compromising your health and happiness.

  1. Prioritise Your Tasks

As a new employee, you might feel the need to take on every task thrown your way. However, it’s important to prioritise your workload based on urgency and importance. Use tools like the Eisenhower Box to distinguish between tasks that are important, urgent, both, or neither. This can help you manage your time effectively and reduce stress, as you focus on what truly matters each day.

  1. Take Regular Breaks

Never underestimate the power of taking short, regular breaks throughout your workday. Step away from your desk, go for a walk, or simply relax in a quiet space. These breaks are not just good for your physical health but also refresh your mind and boost productivity. At PRG, we now have a running club every Tuesday lunchtime and free HITT classes at the Luxxe gym around the corner from the office!

  1. Develop a Robust Support System

Building relationships with colleagues can greatly enhance your job satisfaction and provide a support network at work. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help or guidance when needed. Additionally, maintain your relationships outside of work. Friends and family can provide emotional support and a different perspective, helping you manage work-related stress.

  1. Embrace Professional Development

Invest in your professional development to not only advance in your career but also boost your confidence and job satisfaction. Look for learning opportunities within the company, at PRG, we have mentored partnerships and the Learning Locker which supports extra-curricular courses and qualifications you may like to start outside of working hours. Continual learning can make work more engaging and fulfilling, which is beneficial for your mental health.

  1. Monitor Your Health

Pay attention to both your physical and mental health. Recognise the signs of stress, such as difficulty sleeping, irritability, or changes in appetite. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider speaking to a professional therapist or counsellor. PRG offer an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) through Medicash that provides support for mental health issues.

  1. Find Time for Yourself

Finally, make time for activities that you enjoy outside of work. Whether it’s reading, playing sports, or engaging in creative projects, personal hobbies can provide a great outlet for stress. They remind you that work is just one part of your life, and personal fulfilment is just as important.

Starting your career is an exciting time filled with opportunities. By implementing these tips, you can enjoy a fulfilling career in recruitment while maintaining a healthy work-life balance and safeguarding your mental well-being. Remember, the habits you set now will shape your professional and personal life for years to come.

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Written by:

Shivani Patel

Lead Internal Recruitment Consultant

Shivani is the Lead Internal Recruitment Consultant hiring throughout PRG at all levels, from consultants that are brand new to recruitment to senior hires. Joining the company after completing an undergrad in Psychology at UWE, she is a great point of contact for anyone starting in our Bristol office.

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