7 Work-Life Balance Tips From Celebrities and Power Couples
A successful career and great family relationships --- you can have both!
Should I sacrifice my family responsibilities to become that independent, strong-willed, achiever I've always dreamed of?
Should I give up my dream to become a career woman [or man] and focus all my time and energy to rearing a family?
Or can I have both?
Work-Life Imbalance Plagues the World
The lack of work-life balance is a big problem for workers (and their respective companies) across the globe. For instance, in the UK, a Mental Health Foundation survey reveals:
• A third of the respondents feel unhappy about the time they spend at work.
• Because of work, 40% neglect other aspects of their life.
• 27% feel depressed, 58% feel irritable and 34% feel anxious when working longer hours.
• A person's feeling of unhappiness increase with increasing work hours
• More women (42%) report unhappiness than men (29%) due to conflicting life roles.
• About two-thirds of employees experience the negative consequences of work-life imbalance such as the lack of personal development, poor family relationships and physical and mental health problems.
Finding that “sweet-spot” between work and life is a problem for all workers, especially parents. The time a person spends at work is an important aspect of work-life balance. More time at work means lesser time for personal activities, leisure and family relationships. Like most countries in the world, America is not an exception --- an OECD survey shows that:
• 11.3% of employees are working 50+ hours a week.
• Full-time workers spend 60% of their day (roughly 14.3 hours) to leisure and personal care --- less than the OECD average of 15 hours.
If no action is done, this trend will continue to increase –-- putting the mental, physical and social well-being of workers at risk.
Self-Check: Are You Deprived of Work-Life Balance?
Many employees don't recognize that they are suffering from work-life imbalance (or choose to “endure” it for pay's sake). Identifying the problem early is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and rewarding family relationships. Consider asking yourself the following questions:
• Do you feel burdened by work and family responsibilities everyday?
• Do you feel that work is something that you have to endure until the weekend?
• Do you feel completely exhausted every time you come home at night?
• Do you think your life is out of control?
• Do you find yourself wishing you had a clone to tackle all your responsibilities?
If you've answered “YES” to any of these questions, chances are, you are deprived of proper work-life balance. It also means that you are more prone to health, mental and social issues that we are going to talk about later in this post.
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