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Work/life balance

You can keep your stress to a minimum by managing your work/life balance


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Work can be a difficult environment to be in sometimes, and work related stress can be a big factor in mental health issues. While stress at work isn’t always possible to get rid of completely, there are some things you can do to reduce it.

Work life balance

Work-life balance is a phrase used to describe the time you spend on non-work activities compared to the time you spend on work activities. It is more and more common for people to spend increasing amounts of time on work, and less time with friends and family, relaxing, or doing things they enjoy. This can have really negative impacts on mental health.

What you can do about it

Talk to your employer

If your workload is too much and causing strain on your mental health, make this known to your employer and see if you can come to an agreement.

Schedule your time well

Prioritise tasks and only allow a certain amount of time per task. Don’t spend too long on less productive tasks.

Take breaks

Make sure to take proper breaks and try to leave your workplace at lunchtime.

Turn those devices off!

Don’t bring work home! If you can avoid it, minimise checking work emails outside of work hours, and don’t let work infringe on your own leisure time.

Manage your stress

Try to reduce stress levels. You can find more information about that here.

Look after your mental health

Work on building your positive mental health. Positive mental health allows us to enjoy life’s pleasures, believe in our own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work/study productively and enjoy socialising. You can find out more here.

Spend time with people who make you feel good

Make sure to spend time with friends, family and your hobbies, even when you’re busy at work.

Speak up about issues in the workplace

If there are issues at your workplace that are stressing you out, raise them with your employer. You can find out more about bullying at work here.
 

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Published November 14th, 2016
Last updated November 28th, 2016
Tags employment mental health
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