We have billions of nerve fibers in our brains working around the clock to remind us of all the emails we haven’t opened (sometimes at 3am for no good reason) and the endless list of “to-dos” we’ve accumulated over the years. With this, it is no surprise that maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be an exhausting process all on its own. Fortunately, we are amazing creatures capable of adapting to almost anything, including new habits to improve our life. I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that have helped me make time for relaxation and family activities. Hopefully, these will come in handy when you’re working on your weekly schedule!

1. Incorporate downtime into your schedule
Make it a point to spend time with your family and friends! You can’t possibly work 24/7 so why not spend time at the park with your children or at that restaurant you’ve been eyeing.

2. Work smarter not harder!
Leaving work on time is a mission that depends solely on your productivity. Spending time on social media (if not work related) or searching for completely irrelevant information like what the winner of the third season of American Idol is doing these days, will only result in you staying in the office longer. Gossiping around the office, making personal calls and checking your bank account to see how much you don’t have will inevitably result in the same outcome. Try to set list of goals for that day and get through it in a timely manner, once you’re done the day is yours!

3. Outsource your errands!
This might sound impossible at first, but think of all the little activities you complete daily and how much time you spend doing them. Grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, cleaning, by the time you’re done with all of it you’re falling asleep watching “That’s 70s Show” reruns. Why not save time by prepping meals, shopping online or using laundry drop-off services? Doing so will open up your schedule for hobbies or some serious R&R.

4. Get moving
The best way to keep yourself and your luscious brain healthy is physical activity! It’s not as easy as it sounds but maintaining a consistent exercise routine will make your work-life balance a breeze. Physical activity helps pump blood and stimulate growth of new neurons, which means you’ll be able to think more clearly. Also, when you exercise your body releases endorphins that trigger positive feelings. Look into activities that work with your schedule like swimming, yoga, or walks around the park; it’ll only result in a positive outcome.

5. Relax
Last but certainly not least, make time for whatever helps you relax. Read a book, take a bath with all the bubbles, listen to your favorite album, or simply take a walk. Whatever it is, you have to make time for the things you enjoy.