Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all finish work when we are meant to, relax as soon as we leave the office and switch off our smartphones to enjoy our own space and time with friends and family?

This work-life balance is something we all crave as we find ourselves facing the pressures of an increasingly demanding work culture. We are under all sorts of pressures in our daily lives – to achieve in both work and home life – and sometimes this can result in a complete overload. Mental health issues, physical issues, relationship issues and other stress-related problems arise from the scales not being balanced.

According to The Mental Health Foundation (UK), more than 40% of employees are neglecting other aspects of their life because of their work, and this may lead to mental health problems. Nearly 30 percent of employees will are estimated to experience a mental health problem in any one year. With one in 6 people in the UK working up to 60 hours per week, it is time to regain balance.

Those who are not in balance often feel unhappy, depressed, exhausted and under pressure. Only you can make the changes needed, which can be realising when work expectations and demands are too much, prioritising, taking breaks at work, and making time outside of work for leisure activities you enjoy. The other side of this scale is being an at-home parent, who desires returning to the workforce but is unsure how to go about it.

Feeling trapped in your situation without answers about how to find that balance can make you feel more overwhelmed. Sometimes just speaking to someone within your organisation and brainstorming how the situation can be resolved can bring about change. Ask if tasks that you are not high on your list of priorities can be shared among other staff within your organisation. If they cannot be managed internally within suitable time-frames, or require specialised skills, consider outsourcing. Outsourcing tasks to an office support company, or skilled contractor who can assist in specialised areas that you are not adept in can really make a huge difference.

For those of you that run your own business, work and lifestyle are not easily separated and merge into one. You most likely run your own business as you are passionate about what you do. But this can also become an unhealthy scenario. If you do not find that work-life balance in running your own business you will suffer burnout. If you work from home make time and areas in your home where you can switch off from your work.

Once you are on your way to achieving a work-life balance you will benefit from:

  • The feeling of having more control of your life and time
  • A more social life outside of home and work
  • A higher self-esteem
  • A healthier body and mind
  • More sleep, more exercise and more rest time
  • Feeling more relaxed and revitalised
  • Like you have more routine and organisation in your life
  • Feeling less chaotic
  • Feeling more calm
  • Feel like you are staying on top of things
  • Feel like you are finally living the life you wanted to create
  • The ease of having more people doing jobs for you – the networking opportunities this brings and the finance you save as you outsource time-consuming tasks to others.

How do you go about creating a work-life balance?