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Having better balance and reducing stress are important ways to improve our mental and physical health. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It’s critical to overall health and quality of life.
How do you know if you need better work-life balance? Think about how things are going outside of work. How are you eating and sleeping? Do you feel tired a lot or have nagging pains? How are your relationships with your friends and family? Are you feeling lonely, anxious or depressed?
And how are things at work? Do you feel the same way you used to about your job? Do you feel like you can handle your workload and get things done well? Are you working more and more hours, often cutting into personal time?
Occasionally working extra hours or worrying about a big project outside of work is common and may not be a problem. But if your work is causing lasting stress or otherwise affecting your life outside of work more often than not, it’s time to work on gaining better balance.
If your work is causing so much stress that it begins to harm your health or relationships, take a look at what is behind the stress. Explore ways to handle your workload and stress better:
Whether it’s work or other commitments that are causing you stress, self-care plays a major role in improving your mental health. That looks different for everyone, but some self-care basics can help you achieve better balance.
Exercising regularly, eating healthy foods and sleeping enough are good places to start. You can also try:
Making some changes at home can also improve your work-life balance and lower your stress levels. Struggling to manage relationships and family duties contributes to 1 in 4 people saying they’re “super stressed,” says Mental Health America.
Keep these tips in mind:
Don’t let work or other responsibilities stand in the way of protecting your mental and physical health. It’s OK to set boundaries and goals that help you take better care of yourself.
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