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By SARAH TAN
Unsure as to whether the work stress you experience is of a healthy amount? Or if it’s normal to work the number of hours you do?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to ensure the presence (or absence) of work-life balance in your life. Keep in mind that this cannot lead to a proper diagnosis.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with your work to the point of hardship, please seek professional advice. Work-life balance is crucial to avoid serious health issues.
Am I always thinking about work?
You’ve spent your required time in the office productively and effectively. Once you pack up and go home, do you leave your work behind?
Recently, I spoke to a friend who has a busy schedule and was constantly on the go.
When I asked him how he coped with his work and activities, he told me that he has mastered the ability to “switch off” his working mind.
Once he’s in the car and driving home, he “switches off” his thoughts about work and focuses instead on the rest time that awaits him.
Do I have time for myself, family, and friends?
Or is my time filled with work, work, and more work? Another good indicator is if your family and friends have mentioned that you haven’t been able to spend quality time with them.
Every week, allocate some time to spend recreationally. On the weeks you need some “me time”, spend it on a hobby. On other weeks, make time for your family and friends.
Go hiking (exercise has been said to help combat stress), watch a movie, have a meal together, or just do anything you feel up to on that day.
Do I eat in front of my computer?
Personally guilty of this, some of us might think that working through our lunch break isn’t a big deal. However, skipping lunch can take a toll on us.
Remember, “lunch break” doesn’t mean just eating! It’s a time to rest and recharge. Grab a bunch of co-workers and go out for a nice lunch in a nearby restaurant.
Take this time to connect and build on your workplace relationships. There’s nothing wrong with having fun at work – use your one hour break wisely!
Here is a quiz from the Canadian Mental Health Association that checks your work-life balance: http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/work-life-balance-quiz/#.VCt7ImeSzy0