The pace of modern life has increased to such an extent that its ill effects show up in the mental and physical ill health of working people. When people work long hours, it affects their lifestyle and over time, their mental well-being too. Such people neglect the elements in their lives that make them highly resistant to mental issues.
Young people will admit to having some type of mental health issues, though older people could have such an experience any time. People may or may not be aware of the mental sickness they have, something that is easily attributable to work stress.
Work stress can be managed by working people by ensuring that they enjoy a good work-life balance.
How to recognize unhealthy work-life balance
Researchers have found that 33% of working people are unhappy about the time they spend at work. In addition, over 40% of employees neglect other parts of their lives because they devote much more time to their careers. This leads to problems in mental health.
It has also been found that 27% of employees feel depressed when they work for long hours, while 33% feel anxious and about 58% feel irritable. Those employees who overwork and then go out to chill continue to think of work and get depressed about it. One more statistic in this connection is that 67% of employees experience lack of personal development, poor relationships, poor mental and physical health problems and a very poor personal life.
Health problems due to poor work-life balance
Due to a highly competitive career life, employees usually tend to sleep less and work a lot. According to a study, an excess of work can have adverse effects on employees’ health.
People who work long hours suffer negative effects on heart and mental health. Such people suffer from anxiety, heart disease, depression, stroke and mental problems. Those who work over 55 hours per week have an enhanced risk of stroke by 1.3 times.
Sleeping insufficiently is also linked with heart disease and an enhanced risk of death, causing stroke and myocardial infarction.
Employees can introduce good work-life balance in their lives by doing the following:
- Speak up for yourself to your bosses when they make unnecessary demands on your personal time. Employers need to be sensitive to the fact that the pressure they lay so that they can address the problem.
- Employees’ mantra should be ‘work smart’. This involves allotting time for each task and sticking to it. It also means avoiding long meetings that take up most of the day.
- Take breaks at work such as a definite 30 minutes for lunch. Also, try to get out of your workplace for a short walk.
It is necessary for you to draw a definite line between work and play. If you are in a hard-pressured job that forces you to bring homework, make sure that you work in a designated part of your home and can shut the door on your work when you finish.