It seems everyone I talk to lately is striving for the same thing — that perfect work/life balance that will deliver peace and harmony into life. From working moms to small business owners, we all have our individual challenges that make that a difficult goal to achieve. You can feel the stress on a daily basis, but did you know that this imbalance in your life can actually affect your health?
Health Effects of Poor Work/Life Balance
Struggling with your work/life balance isn’t only frustrating – it’s detrimental to your health. Here’s why:
- Fatigue sets in. When you’re trying to do it all, you often sacrifice hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep has negative effects on you physically and mentally.
- Stress has physical effects. When you’re in a constant state of stress, your health suffers. Stress can cause mood swings, heart troubles, anxiety and more.
- You could be more prone to depression. If you’re juggling too much and not able to get it all done, it can be disheartening. In severe cases, your level of happiness could sink so low you face depression.
- You’re lacking activity. For many of us, those long work hours are spent sitting at a desk. More and more research is emerging about the ill health effects of sitting all day.
- You feel isolated. If you’re working too much, you’re likely missing out on family activities and opportunities to connect with others. It’s easy to feel alone when your work/life balance is out of whack.
- It’s tough to concentrate. When you’re stressed and overwhelmed, it’s tough to focus, and your productivity suffers.
How to Create a Better Work/Life Balance
Though most of us are juggling more than we’d prefer, there are ways to better balance our loads. Here are some tips to help you begin:
- Make it a priority. If you’re serious about creating a better balance, make it a priority by creating a plan.
- Work smarter, not longer. When you’re at work, spend your time working. Eliminate your social media checking breaks and personal phone calls. Check out time management and productivity tips to keep you on track.
- Leave work at work. Sure there are times you’ll need to work extra hours or bring a project home to complete, but for the most part, commit to leaving it at the door.
- Prioritize “me” time. Make sure you create time for yourself regularly. Perhaps this is a daily workout or meditation, reading before bed or soaking in a hot tub a couple of times a week. Scheduling in downtime for you alone is a great way to relax and re-energize.
- Learn to say no when you can. Whether at work or at your child’s school, when someone asks you to do more, examine your schedule, tap into your feelings and carefully decide if you really have time for what is being asked of you. Saying “no” is a part of managing a balanced life, but it can take some practice.
These are just a few tips I have for helping my clients bring balance into their lives. Contact me, Karen David, to set up your own wellness coaching session to create your personal plan for a positive work/life balance.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.