AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace
Reactivating Your Life
Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance

We all have multiple roles in our lives: employee, parent, partner, and friend are examples. This is positive for our physical and mental health, allowing us to connect with others and experience personal accomplishment and satisfaction. However, it can be challenging to maintain a healthy balance between your work and personal life – your Work-Life Balance.

Sometimes the events in your personal life are so demanding that it becomes very difficult to keep up with the requirements of your job. For example, someone going through a relationship breakup will find it more difficult to fully concentrate on work tasks. Or, periods of increased workload in your job can put pressure on your personal life, leaving you with insufficient time or energy to spend with family or friends or to participate in leisure activities. This may create an imbalance in your life, taking away support and personal satisfaction provided by social or recreational activities. You might be so committed to performing well on the job that you take on more and more responsibility until you are almost entirely focused on work and your personal life becomes pretty empty.

A national survey found that many Canadians experience a significant conflict between work and personal life. Survey results showed:

  • stress levels have increased as the work environment has changed over the last decade, influenced by downsizing, globalization and technological change; and
  • 2/3 of the surveyed workers reported they had difficulty achieving a balance between their work and personal lives.

We all need to balance work and personal life in order to be emotionally healthy. It’s one thing to become extremely busy at work for a short period of time – but if a total focus on work becomes your normal way of living, you might well become so “emotionally undernourished” that the risk of depression is increased.

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