If you’re finding it difficult to balance the different elements of your life, and increasingly not finding enough time for yourself, you’re not alone. Employees in India have among the longest work weeks across the world. What’s more, some of us even take our work home. Technology might have made us omnipresent and accessible, but it has also meant that boundaries between work and leisure are gradually blurring.
A lot of people report overload associated with their many roles associated with the new societal and family dynamics in India – work, home and family, friends, physical health, and community service.
A balanced life includes time for family, friends, work, exercise, leisure and adequate sleep. While a moderate amount of stress improves our efficiency and our mental sharpness. Learning how to recognize, handle and reduce stress is key to fine-tuning our balance.
Clearly there is a greater need of work-life balance in our lives. So let’s start by looking at the signs.
A survey by Desjardins Financial Security showed that money is the main cause of stress outside work and has a direct impact on work-life balance. Nearly half of respondents cited financial issues as their top stressor. In this regard, it’s worthwhile to take stock and re-examine your needs, wants and goals. Look at downsizing, cutting back and possibly negotiating lesser hours or a flexible working arrangement with your company.
If you don’t have time to explore your hobbies and interests outside work, you could try exploring them within the office context. Start a club, explore the extracurricular opportunities your company has to offer. Join or start a cricket enthusiasts club, a book reading club, a toastmasters group, look out for gym and other activity partners and more.
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