Published on: 1/24/2019
We’re more than halfway into January, and for many of us, this month has been centered around setting and beginning to fulfill our new year’s resolutions. As we try to catch up from the holiday season hiatus, long work days seem never-ending and we find ourselves striving for a sensible work/life balance, a goal that can seem unattainable during times like this.
Yet, this goal is crucial to maintaining a healthy mind and body that will allow you to work efficiently and effectively. It doesn’t take long for stress to begin to weaken our immune systems and make us sensitive to many different illnesses from colds all the way to heart disease. Research shows that prolonged tension and anxiety can multiply our chances of having a heart attack.
In today’s world, we find ourselves trying to balance numerous work assignments, maintain professional and personal relationships, all while still trying to uphold our social lives, inevitably leading to an increase in stress. Trying to accomplish everything causes our stress levels to spike and diminishes productivity; causing us to lose concentration, become cranky or depressed, which can all negatively affect our home and work relationships.
The key is balance, and good news – a healthy work/life balance is an achievable goal. When you adopt a healthy balance of work and play in your life, you will become more content in your work, leading you to be more productive, take fewer sick days off, and stay on task throughout the day. You will also find more time to nourish relationships and enjoy the company of family and friends, all leading to a happier, healthier you.
Though you may want to take a step back from work, it can be a daunting task. We know all too well how the pressures of a tight schedule, demanding workload and seemingly endless amount of emails to answer can cause us to work late in the evening and leave us drained for the rest of the week. Here are a few sensible measures we can all take to reverse the hold that stress has on us and balance our lives.
If you begin feeling overwhelmed, seek help from your team, inside the office and outside of it. Take advantage of programs available through your company’s employee assistance program (EAP), which is designed to assist employees in resolving personal difficulties that may negatively affect the employee’s performance.
At SR Construction, we encourage our staff members to ask for help if needed, because we understand that seeking help is not a sign of instability or weakness – it is a major step in putting your physical and mental health first and is a sign of strength!