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Maintaining a work-life balance can be a challenge given today's weakened economy and the pressure to stay connected through email, voicemail, and text. It's natural to feel the pressure to keep up; but staying in touch 24/7 can lead to a continuous work-life imbalance. 


If you feel you may be suffering from a poor work-life balance, some questions to ask yourself are: 


   How many hours a week do I work? 

   What time at night do I stop checking work email and voicemail? 

   Do I have a habit of working at home after dinner, or after the kids are in bed? 

   How many hours a week do I spend engaging in activities that I really enjoy? 

   Do you see your friends as often as you would like? 

   Do you connect with your partner as often as you would like? 


Good work-life balance will look different for everyone, often depending upon your current life-stage. There's no "one-size fits all", what might feel right for you may not feel right for someone else. It bears keeping in mind that a work-life imbalance can create problems in one's physical and psychological health, and in one's relationships. 


How do you know if you are suffering from a work-life imbalance? 

Warning signs include: 


   Bringing work home 

   Increased conflict with your partner about time spent working 

   Canceling family plans or social plans due to work obligations 

   Poor sleep (including work-related dreams and teeth grinding) 

   Short temper with family members 

   Upset stomach 

   Tension headaches 

   Increased use of caffeine and/or alcohol 


How can I achieve a better work-life balance? 


Counseling Connections & Associates therapists can assist by helping you: 


   Set limits and boundaries with others 

   Ask for help when it's needed 

   Schedule social and personal time 

   Reconsider/reset life and career goals 

   Incorporate your partner's perspective in setting of goals and boundaries 

   Figure out what really matters to you and what is missing in your life 


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