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Five reasons why it’s important to have a healthy work/life balance

Finding the work/life balance that’s right for you is vital.

We continue our series of blogs on the topic with a look at the reasons why it’s so important to have a healthy work/life balance in the first place.

Maintaining a work/life balance is about separating your professional life from your personal life.

Both are important and you shouldn’t neglect either of them but you also shouldn’t let one overpower the other.

Here are five reasons why we think it’s important to have a healthy work/life balance.

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1. You can focus on your mental health

The topic of managing mental health is a major focus for business owners.

Increasing workloads, no work/life balance and feeling undervalued can lead to a variety of mental health issues, including stress-related illness, depression and workplace burnout.

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With the added stress of the coronavirus pandemic, employers must find strategies to monitor and improve the mental health of their employees.

This will allow them to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

2. You can improve your physical health and wellbeing

A great way to maintain your mental health is to make sure that you’re physically healthy too. This means getting regular exercise and eating healthily.

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But all the exercise and healthy eating won’t help if you’re working too much.

The stress caused from focusing almost solely on work can lead to issues like heart disease and high blood pressure.

3. You’ll be more productive  

Yes, it’s true that companies want employees who work hard. 

However, while working past your paid hours might make you feel like you’re a star employee, all that effort can often be less productive.

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In fact, a recent study from Stanford University found that productivity dropped sharply the more hours people worked.

Stanford scholar and author, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, wrote that, “Busyness is not a means to accomplishment, but an obstacle to it.”

So, work smarter not harder.

4. You can expand your horizons

Having interests outside of work will not only expand your own knowledge and skills but also make you more attractive to employers.

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Sharing your skills and knowledge with other people will always be something that employers look for.

Being able to talk about your hobbies in a social situation will also help your personal life and including them on your CV will benefit your professional life.

5. You should focus on being happy

We only get one life, so make sure that you are living yours the way that you want to.

Happiness means different things to different people. Whatever it means to you, focus on that.

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Work should be a means to an end and not the driving force behind everything.

Take the time to figure out how you want to look back and remember your life. Use this knowledge to drive your decisions in both your professional and personal life.

Don’t forget our 12 tips to help you find the right work/life balance:

  • Let go of perfectionism
  • Unplug yourself from devices
  • Learn to say no
  • Exercise and meditate
  • Work smarter, not harder
  • Limit time-wasting activities and people
  • Leave work at work
  • Change your habits and delegate
  • Start small and build from there
  • Don’t be a martyr
  • It’s okay to make people wait for your responses
  • Set your own rules

Our occupational health services can help organisations improve the work/life balance of their staff. To find out more, contact the team at Fusion.

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