In today’s global economy where business success requires higher productivity and longer work hours, the need for work-life balance is often ignored. Employers, employees and entrepreneurs alike need reasonable time away to check in with inner guidance, regenerate and refresh.
When you are overwhelmed by the all-consuming demands of your work, your personal life can suffer. When your work is dictating and shaping the majority of your reality, family, friends and marriages can often take a back seat. Further, if work feels unfulfilling and oppressive, it makes the time demand even more challenging to endure.
What did you discover? Is work ruling your time and your thoughts? Could your work-life balance use some reassessment and realignment?
The demands of work can produce unhappy side effects in your life. Even those long hours spent commuting can take its toll on your well-being! When you have less and less personal time, it adds up to stress that can:
In an attempt to manage the imbalance, we can unconsciously adopt unhealthy habits and behaviours that include:
None of these responses are ideal but are often the ‘quick fix’ you choose when you are too busy or too tired to consider a more empowered alternative.
It is important to acknowledge that life is rarely 100% in balance. But you can develop the ability to surf the ups and downs of work demands and integrate them into a resilient, whole and happy life.
In the next few posts, we will address the subject of Work-Life Balance and offer insights and tips designed to assist you to restore reasonable balance between work and leisure in your life. It is possible to achieve!