This is a blog I posted one year about the importance of work life balance. I think this is a great continuous reminder for people to not only focus on their nutrition and physical well being, but to also focus on their mental wellness.
Your mental health is another crucial aspect of your health, and the stress of long hours at work can definitely affect your mental wellness which can lead to sickness. I recently came across a great article on Mercola.com titled “Bringing Balance to your Work Week.” Here are some take away messages I got from the article.
Researchers at the Australian National University found that working 39 hours a week were more ideal for maintaining proper health and work\life balance. Working more than 55 hours a week negatively impacts your overall health. Feeling overworked can lead to depression and constantly feeling stressed out. Research has shown that people with the most sedentary jobs, sitting more than 4 hours a day, have an increase in obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and bad cholesterol. The stress from working longer hours during the week can also lead to bad habits such as smoking, increase alcohol use, and lack of sleep at night.
When you are constantly feeling overworked and stressed out, you will be less productive and the quality of your work may suffer. When you have balance in your work schedule and feel good about your work, both you and your work wins. The following tips are recommendations to improve your life outside of work, that can go a long way in helping your create a more balanced life.
Work on creating a personal support network. This is especially important if your work environment is filled with negative, toxic people. By connecting personally with people will help you feel less isolated and lonely. Joining different meetup groups, volunteering, setting dates with friends, and attending community events will help you feel more connected to the world. Having face time with people is more beneficial that text, social media, and email.
Learning to set your boundaries is also very important in managing your work life stress. This can be difficult if you were raised to say yes to almost everything that comes your way. It is very powerful learning to say no when know you are being stretched too thin with projects at work.
Your emotional well-being is connected to your physical well-being. It is important to find ways to look inward to address any lingering feelings that come up that can affect your physical health. Some tools that you can use to look inward are relaxation, breathing exercises; meditation; yoga; journaling; painting; and prayer.
With hectic and stressful schedules, it can be difficult to take the time to nurture and care for yourself. Make a list of 25 things you can do to nurture yourself more often. Find daily practices that would improve your balance, tranquility, and wholeness. For example, your list may include getting a massage, planning a trip, listening to music, spending time with friends, hiking, or taking an exercise class.
Prioritize activities in your life that are must do activities, and put your time and energy on task that will benefit you more at the time. By prioritizing tasks, gives you permission to temporarily set aside tasks that stands between you and your much needed self-care.
Life is too short to constantly stress about stresses of work. It is your life experiences and relationships you make that impact your life the most. Upon retirement, very few people say they wished they would have worked harder. You need to take action steps every day to ensure you are living the life you love outside of work.
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