This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Elizabeth Shields.
Maintaining an excellent work-life balance is paramount for your mental and physical wellbeing. If there is no balance, you may find yourself getting depressed, stressed, and unhappy. These days, everyone seems to be moving fast toward the unknown. No one is slowing down and it makes achieving a work-life balance impossible.
Apart from your emotional and physical health, a balanced work-life can improve productivity both at work and at home. If you’re still skeptical about the benefits, this article will no doubt change your mind.
1. Less Susceptible to Burnouts
If you’re always about work and nothing else, you can be prone to mental burnout, which can negatively affect your overall health and mood. Burnout often happens when you’re overwhelmed with workload and demands. Unfortunately, most employers don’t pay attention to mental burnout, which can often lead to chronic stress.
By maintaining a work-life balance, you will be able to save your sanity and improve your overall performance at work. If you want to get better at what you do, strike a balance between work and life. Also, know when to stop or take a break.
2. Lower Health Risks
When exhausted and stressed, do you know what suffers the most? Your immune system. Stress is not good for your health and can affect you negatively in all spheres. When your immune system is weak, you’re at risk of catching the flu or developing more dangerous health conditions like digestive or respiratory problems.
But when you maintain a healthy work-life, such happenings become rare. Allocate some time to take breaks, visit the park, and allow the air to blow away the cumulating stress. Do not forget to eat well and relax. Exercise also contributes greatly to your overall wellbeing.
3. Improves Your Relationship
When engrossed with work, it is almost impossible to make time for your loved ones. When you finally do, you may discover that you’re too tired and overwhelmed. Not having a balanced work-life has led many into relationship issues. There must be a balance, or there will be catastrophes.
Due to work and technology, humans are no longer interacting in a meaningful way. They no longer spend quality time with their loved ones. Through quality connections with your loved ones, you will be able to connect with your friends and family. Coworking spaces can also help here as they enable you to communicate with like-minded people throughout the day and reduce stress.
4. More Productivity at Work
Working all hours in the office is extremely dangerous for your mental health and can drastically affect your work productivity. When you’re happy, you are more motivated to work and you will feel more engaged. That can only happen if the employee maintains a balanced work-life.
There are lots of employers who are of the notion that pressure and more demand heighten productivity. That is very far from the truth. Productivity rises when the worker is happy and excited about work, not stressed out.
5. Boosts a Sense of Fulfillment and Happiness
If you want to minimize burnout and be happier, then you need to strive for a balanced work-life. When you create balance in your life, you feel good about yourself and the things you have accomplished. For a moment, you become grateful and see the world as a paradise.
But when you bury yourself with work, you won’t have time for such rumination and that can negatively affect your mental health. Your life doesn’t have to suffer at the expense of work. Try as much as possible to create this balance and you will be happier.
6. Gives You a Positive Outlook
With a balanced work-life, you’re highly motivated and ready to tackle anything. A lot of people who tread this path claim to feel more positive and freer. Their perception of the world is always different, compared to those struggling round the clock to make ends meet. If you want to achieve more and to be successful, you must not ignore a work-life balance.
There is currently a misconception that balance doesn’t work for those who want to be successful. That is a blatant lie. The fact is, a balanced work-life would set the pace for success and make you more creative in your endeavor. When you don’t take a break every so often, you find yourself missing the minute details that matter.
7. Improves Your Creative Thinking
Everyone is moving at a supersonic pace – so fast that most people are afraid of what the future holds. But when you use the brake and pull over, only then do you for a moment become more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
In other words, you begin to notice things that you wouldn’t have, had you been busy. Through the creation of balance, you become more creative, aware, and alert.
8. More Time to Learn
If you’re always working without a break, you may find yourself getting stagnant in your mental development. That is because you’re doing the same thing over and over again. But when you take a break for the sake of balance, you might use that time to discover new hobbies and learn new tricks and techniques.
You could read an interesting book that aids in your personal development or perhaps learn how to cook, work out, or play video games. With a balanced work-life life, you will have more time to discover other hobbies and activities.
9. Better Physical Health
A work-life balance means a healthier you since it gives you time to take care of yourself. You will be able to make healthy meals, work out, formulate plans to reduce your sugar intake, and more. These are things you probably won’t do if you’re a workaholic.
10. Become More Rounded
If everything about you is work, work, and more work, you will lose many other aspects of yourself that make you attractive to your friends, partner, children, and even your employer. But by having interests outside of work, you become more rounded and an interesting individual.
The world is moving at an incredible rate. However, that is not an excuse to allow your life to suffer. The benefits of maintaining a work-life balance are enormous, which is why it is imperative that you strike a balance between your work and your life right away.
About the Author
Elizabeth Shields is a writer and small business owner. She is the mom of two boys with a passion for home design, parenting, and healthy living.