Our life starts with easy and careless walks in school corridors to stressful, hurried mornings controlled by our bosses. Our life sometimes feels like we’re on a hamster wheel and our daily stresses become difficult to manage and eventually lead to burnout! For men, the work-life begins even sooner, and they are expected to work as soon as they turn 18. Adulting is hard as it is but maintaining a healthy balance between your work and personal life may be even harder. It may seem like a cakewalk but as you grow older, 9 to 5 work days go on till midnight and personal responsibilities don’t seem to come to an end. As a result, it takes a whole life to create a work-life balance for many!
In this day and age, as life becomes more and more hectic, stresses like longer work hours, poor eating habits, looking at screens, and sitting in your seat all day make it even more difficult. It has become vital to focus on our inner selves and find ways to live longer and healthier lives that we can look back upon and feel proud of.
Increase in stress levels
A recent survey was done at Perkbox, where 75% of the employees commonly experienced work-related stress. This has increased by a worrying 20% since 2018.
Taking stress can lead to severe medical conditions and may even put you at risk of mental health issues. In the recent years before the coronavirus pandemic, the rate of self-reported work-related stress, depression, or anxiety in men had shown terrible signs of increasing. In 2020-21 the rate was higher than the 2018-19 pre-covid levels.
Being unable to strike a healthy work-life balance can lead to a chaotic environment in your life that has serious health repercussions. Health issues like fatigue, early hair whitening, dehydration, elevated risk of anxiety, burnout, depression, substance abuse disorders, etc. could result from this. You might be able to escape these circumstances of serious physical and mental health-related problems by maintaining a suitable balance between your work and personal life.
Tips to maintain a work-life balance
- Get enough sleep
Getting your 8 hours of sleep is essential for coping with stress and creating a healthy work-life. Sleep deprivation can result in a bad mood, a lack of energy, and an inability to concentrate, all of which are symptoms of bad mental health. Getting a good night’s sleep should therefore be your top priority.
- Pamper Yourself
Go for walks and start engaging in activities that help you relax from the tension of your job. You could even spend your free time engaging in a hobby that can reduce your stress levels. Take some time for yourself and learn to appreciate the little things in life.
- Manage your time
Now, most of us struggle with this. It seems like a big task to manage time for our work and then take time off for our personal life! However, striking the right balance between the two is still not impossible, is it? Give yourself adequate time to finish the job at hand. Try not to overbook yourself. Know your limits and only accept tasks you are confident to finish on time.
- Set aside your work
Men often go the extra mile in all aspects of their professional lives. Keep in mind to occasionally put your work aside and take pauses. To recover even more effectively, engage in short trips and adventures to come back even stronger.
- Detach yourself from technology
Studies have found that frequent use of technology even after working hours can cause you to feel like you’re always on the job. This can lead to chronic stress. Give your mind a break and give your eyes a chance to recover as they are exposed to hazardous rays all day.
- Learn to say “NO”
Evaluate your priorities both at work and at home. Reduce or delegate activities that you do not enjoy or cannot handle. You’ll have more time for activities that are important to you if you stop accepting tasks out of guilt or a false sense of obligation.
Creating a healthy work-life balance is very important for men’s physical and mental wellness. Speak with a mental health professional if your life seems too hectic for you to handle and you’re spinning your wheels worrying about it. As your family, interests, and profession change, finding a work-life balance is a continuous process. To make sure you’re on track, regularly review your priorities and adjust them as necessary. For more men’s health and wellness-related talk, visit sukham.life