As a court reporter, you’re all too familiar with working in stressful situations. From transcribing high-stakes depositions to putting in long hours in the courtroom, you know how to excel in these pressure situations, but you are also intimately familiar with the strain it can put on your work-life balance.

In addition to managing the demanding and sometimes unpredictable job of a court reporter, you’re also trying to round out your days with time for family and friends, children (if you have them), leisure activities, exercise, and more.

According to Mental Health America, in the midst of all of our daily to-dos, we may not notice our stress levels spiking, but the effect is real. We become less productive and can’t concentrate, and it weakens our immune systems, among other things.

Balance is important, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Regardless, it should be a priority. Here’s are some tips for achieving better work-life balance as a court reporter:

  • Know your limits– It can be tempting to take on more than you can handle, especially depending on your motivations, but learning when to say “no” is important to maintaining a healthy workload – and sane life. Moreover, it will also ensure that you can spend time producing the best work that you do have instead of slipping under a mountain of never-ending tasks.
  • Focus on manageable goals– When you’re juggling multiple deadlines, it can be easy to overwhelm yourself with an insurmountable task-list. Break those down into smaller, more manageable goals that are realistic. Resetting your expectations will help you feel in control and accomplished when you reach those revised goals.
  • Unplug– From smart phones to smart watches to smart speakers, it can be hard to get away from technology. This also means it can be hard to get away from your job. Designate a “no tech” time in your home when you can truly unplug, even if it’s just for a short while. We all need a mental reset at least once a day.
  • Exercise– When our lives are busy, the easiest thing to cut is often exercise, but it’s one of the most important ones to prioritize. It helps reverse the effects of stress by activating your endorphins and boosting your mood. And it doesn’t require a huge commitment. Whether going for a short walk, meditating or doing yoga, taking some time to focus on yourself at least a couple time per week is what counts.

While work-life balance takes practice, it is achievable. Try incorporating these tips into your daily and weekly routine today and start seeing real results.