Find your Work-Life Balance

If you constantly stress out at home about situations at work, you probably don’t have a good work-life balance. There is a critical balance for people between the demands of a working life and those of a personal life. Too little work can lead to inadequate income, lack of sense of purpose and lack of job security. However, in America, the pendulum tends to swing the other way, favoring work over other aspects of living.

Do you find you’re constantly answering work emails at home?

That could be a sign that your work has invaded your personal life. It can also mean you’re apt to burnout and not perform as well as you should. People need a respite from work to clear their minds and regain their sense of self that doesn’t have to do with a paycheck or their employer. When you allow your work to infiltrate your life, you’re out of balance. If you’re working long hours or having work related incidences interrupt your time off, you need to find a way to correct the situation. Talk to your employer if the situation isn’t temporary and potentially getting worse. Adopt a team approach where supervisors share responsibility and all after hours emergencies go to the supervisor of the night.

Your family will appreciate the change and so will your employer.

If you leave your work at the office and don’t carry the problems with you, it does two things. It provides you with an opportunity to give your family and/or friends the full time they deserve, while giving your brain a much-needed rest. Your employer will appreciate your new-found focus when you’re in the office and children, spouse or friends will enjoy the person that cares about them and is present in the moment.

Your health can suffer from focusing too much on work.

Your immune system doesn’t function nearly as well when you’re under stress. Stress causes a wide variety of symptoms and can leave you more vulnerable to conditions such as the flu, cold or even life threatening conditions. If you have a poor work-life balance, you’re more prone to illness, which means more missed days at work or working less efficiently when you’re there.

  • When you’re at your busiest at work, it’s the most important time to ensure you’re eating healthy and working out regularly. Unfortunately, it’s also when time is most important. Planning meals ahead and getting into the routine of working out, before the rush occurs, helps.
  • If you’re having problems letting go of the stresses of the day, a tough workout can help. It burns off the hormones of stress and can revitalize you and help you clear your mind.
  • There’s been a lot of research into the imbalance of work and life. Four day work weeks, working from home a day or two a week or job sharing have been some methods of that have proven helpful.
  • To avoid working yourself to illness, you can prioritize tasks by urgency and ensure that your family/social times, workout and healthy diet are top priorities.

For more information, contact us today at Iron Fit

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