Work and Family

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For lots of men and women, the quest of a healthier work/life balance appears to be an impossible target.
And that is healthy –or not balanced.

Work and family are both central to our daily lives. Attempting to balance more numerous and complex work and family roles is a source of stress for many of us. Many times the pursuit of such creates a “time vacuum” when the responsibilities of one role i.e. parent interfere with your ability to fulfill the other roles in your life like an employee. Spillover happens when the conditions and relationships in one area of our your life impact you in another area. Finding a good balance between your work and home lives is not an easy task, but the benefits to your well-being are worth the effort.

If your life is unbalanced it can lead to anxiety which can zap our attention, make us depressed or irritable, and damage our individual and professional relationships.

Over time, pressure makes us susceptible to various ailments from colds to backaches to heart problems, and weakens our immune systems. The latest research suggests that chronic stress can in fact double our danger of getting a heart attack. That statistic alone is sufficient to increase your blood pressure.

Not only is reaching a healthier work/life balance an attainable target but companies and workers alike see the benefits. When workers are joyful and balanced, they tend to be prone to remain within their occupations, take fewer sick days, and are more productive.

The bottom line is if you wish to achieve this balance, you have to make an effort to do so.

It’s easy to say given that the reason you are probably workings so hard IS to support your family. Still, what is the point of supporting them if you can’t spend time with them or worse? I am not saying it’s easy, in fact most times it’s not, but if you decide to bring more balance to your life you absolutely can.

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4 Comments

  1. Its being between a rock and a hard place. Sometimes you have to focus on work to make sure your family has everything needed to BE a family.

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