Mr. Shivang Mathur
Senior Journalist and Motivational Speaker
The Elusive Work-Life Balance
Happiness grows when stress shrinks!
Work plays a vital role in human life. Our earnings provide us with the necessities like putting food on the table, a shed over the head, and of course ensuring that the rainy-day pot is full. During all this hullabaloo it is not an easy task to attain the much-required work-life balance. Especially in the current pandemic-related times, when work from home is a common issue keeping you away from that much-needed balance. In today’s uncertain and fast-paced economic world, time is of the utmost essence. With the ever-thriving technology era, we are now always connected with our work and social life giving us the dilemma to choose one over the other.
Work-life balance is the quintessence of a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a balance between your personal and professional life aids to reduce stress and even preclude burnout in the workplace. Chronic stress is known to be one of the most common health issues reported at the workplace. It can further develop into a physical consequence in various forms such as
- Digestive troubles
- Chronic aches and pains and
- Heart problems
Chronic stress is a negative factor impinging mental health and linking to a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Mental health is a sensitive issue, as on the outside you may not look disturbed but deep within you have thousands of feelings turning up a storm. For many, this is still a topic that they cannot discuss freely. People from different demographics, ethnicity, and countries have varying attitudes towards mental health. In order to avoid any such circumstances, it is necessary to set limits and look after yourself, so that you can lean towards the optimal work-life balance that’s best for you.
Find your rhythm, it is vital to be conscious about the unique life rhythm one has and the shift in dynamics one faces. Once the tempo is attained at which your life is running, use the information to attain the balance to avoid burnout in life. Always make sure you have the necessary resources and energy to execute and accomplish the task at hand. Be firm in setting boundaries to support your rhythm.
Find your healthy habits– Working towards a healthy lifestyle includes prime decision-making to crop healthy habits. It is only we who has the ability to take charge of our work-life balance promoted through
- positive but significant choices about our daily routine,
- knowing facts about how the human body works,
- including understanding the benefits of exercise,
- making sure to take time away from work,
- and practicing activities that lead to personal development and growth.
Say yes to help– Any crisis and it is the near and dear ones to the rescue. If you are consistently restrained of time and can’t focus enough, then it’s time to figure out ways in which other people enter the fray. Try and involve people to get the load off you to prevent burnout. Chances are, your unbalanced self is getting in your way. If you are suffering alone, you are not helpful to anyone and lowering your productivity.
Avoid unrealistic alterations (take time to implement change in life) – Give yourself enough time to get things done. Don’t ever over-schedule yourself. Taking personal moments from time to time allows us to recover from weekly stress, and gives us space for other thoughts and ideas to emerge. Unplugging can mean something simple like practicing.
Due to the social stigma and costs that surround the topic of mental disorders, most of the people that suffer from mental health issues deny it. People suffer through these issues alone, leading them further into a vicious cycle of stress and despair. As colleagues, employers, and leaders, it is important for us to appreciate and value people for who they are and to be sensitive to all they are going through daily. No one should struggle with mental health alone. The negative effects of burnout can affect every aspect of our lives. The inability to detach work and personal life are an alarm bell warning you of burnout, so it is important for all the people working on the double to ease up now and then.