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Work-life balance

Work-life balance is defined as working practices that support the individual in balancing their work life with their home life (Bird, 2003). If this balance is interrupted it may cause the individual to become stressed.

Balancing work life with other aspects in one’s life is relevant in every type of work. This is because there is always a difficulty finding a balance between family and a social life. A balance can help the individual to feel as though they are spending enough time within each area of their life and can help them to feel at peace and content.

Factors that may help include making time for you, and building time into your schedule for something that you enjoy doing. Additionally, exercise can help; it has been found to boost energy levels and enable the individual to concentrate more on the different tasks at hand (Uscher, 2011). Furthermore, spreading activities across a couple of days can help to maintain energy levels.

The key is to find something that helps you as an individual. There is not one factor that will help everyone to balance their lives, therefore, something that works for one person may not work as successfully for the next. Don’t feel as though you have to change big factors within different areas, just small changes will help!

References

Bird, J. (2003). Work-life balance defined – what it really means. www.worklifebalance.com

Darcy, C., McCarthy, A., Hill, J., Grady, G. (2012). Work-life balance: one size fits all? An exploratory analysis of the differential effects of career stage. European management journal. 30, (2). 111-120.

Uscher, J. (2011). 5 tips for a better work-life balance. Health and balance. WebMD.

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