Better Balance: Why you need to embrace work/life balance for healthier living
Even ancient Greek philosophers understood and stressed the importance of balancing work and the other needs of daily life. Healthy living depends on moderation – where there is hormonal imbalance, or physical or psychological trouble, there are often other imbalances at work.
This might be a lack or excess of particular nutrients, or it might simply be a case of too much work, too little ‘off time’. Here are three reasons why you need to embrace work/life balance:
- Striving for balance helps you learn how to manage stress
Do you tend to stress eat when faced with challenging work or personal life situations?
A dietary approach would be to offset any excess food consumption with exercise. At the same time, the extra exercise you attain will increase serotonin, easing stress and elevating your mood. If you pair each act with a balancing ‘counter-act’, this will help you learn how to manage stress naturally.
- Embracing Work/Life Balance Nurtures your Relationships, Acrimonious, conflict-heavy relationships send our stress levels skyrocketing.
Problems in relationships often arise out of differing perceptions of what constitutes a healthy balance between work and spending time with a significant other.
Embracing work/life balance may be a luxury for some, but find ways to separate work from your home life if possible at least, so that when you are off, you are truly off and can give your loved ones your undivided care and attention. This fosters harmonious relationships.
- Finding Work/life balance will increase your productivity
It is common for committed professionals to feel that they must give 110% all day, every day.
Yet performing and being able to meet every single demand on your time at a moment’s notice is a state of high alert that cannot be maintained indefinitely – everybody needs time to release stress and rest between energy-intensive tasks.
Finding work/life balance will actually help you to be more productive, as when you are rested and focused you are less likely to procrastinate or make small errors in your work that you will later need to correct.
Could you use the assistance of a mentor for finding work/life balance? Book a consultation with Doctor Allie today and learn how to manage stress optimally for healthier living.