MentalHealthMonth : [Work-Life Balance]
This didn’t used to be an issue for me. I’ve always had a healthy balance between working hard and playing hard (including shopping hard , as pictured here, lol)… until I became an entrepreneur. It’s been super challenging for me to take downtime because there are always a million things to do when you’re running your own business, and it’s easy to end up working all day, all night, and weekends, too. But the toll all that stress can take on your health is so not worth it, and I’m finally figuring out how to create better boundaries.⠀
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS OFF? [Source: Mental Health America] ⠀⠀
- It increases you risk for health conditions like sleep problems, digestive disorders, and mental health problems… especially if you work longer shifts or on nights and weekends.⠀
- Working overtime increases the likelihood of having symptoms of depression, especially in men.
- More than half of those who responded to a Mental Health America Work Health Survey say that they do unhealthy things (e.g. drinking, drug use, lashing out at others) to cope with workplace stress.
On the other hand… people who feel they have good work-life balance are more satisfied with their job and their life, and have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety. I’m working on this now. Anyone else?⠀
ARE YOU STRUGGLING?
If you are taking steps to care for your mind, body, and soul but still feel like you’re struggling with your mental health, visit mhascreening.org to check your symptoms. It’s free, confidential, and anonymous. Once you have your results, MHA will give you information and help you find tools and resources to feel better. ⠀