When you get caught up in your job, it’s easy to forget that work is just one aspect of your life and that you need to find a balance that enables you to get away from office stress and enjoy other aspects of your life.
The definition of work/life balance varies significantly from person to person but essentially means the amount of time and attention you give to your work versus other aspects of life.
Of course, priorities are specific to the individual and change depending upon your age and life stage. In your 20’s and 30’s, you are building a career whilst also possibly building a family. As you get older, you may choose to focus on work that is more meaningful for you.
In the current economic climate, people are genuinely afraid of losing their jobs and the pressure to work hard is constant. However, the need to unwind remains.
If you don’t, you risk burn out. This is when someone has worked too long and hard, leading to health issues and a short temper with others.
Similarly, extra stress can be the result of a lack of work/life balance. When allowed to linger, stress causes side effects that can lead to health issues and damage to personal relationships, as well as work performance.
The first step to achieving a better work/life balance is to think about the demands on your life, both professionally and personally. Do you have enough free time to relax? Make an effort to set your own rules, to enable you to strike the right balance.
These rules include creating realistic boundaries between work and your personal time. Don’t answer emails in the evening, for example. Prioritize events in your personal life as you would work-related events. Block out free periods when you can enjoy an activity that enables you to relax. Also, speak to your family and friends and actively try to spend more time with your favorite people to gain some perspective.
Whatever you do to maintain your work/life balance, value yourself enough to commit to it.
Written by Pardeep