Are you guilty of taking on too many projects? Saying “yes” to any favor or request that’s asked of you, even if it’s interrupting something you were looking forward to during your personal time? How often do you check your work email? Do you receive notifications on your personal phone, or check work messages before you go to bed? Are you finding it difficult to sleep because you’re thinking about work? Consider your answers to these questions and think about how much that affects your life on a day-to-day basis. Millions of Americans are just like you. In fact, one-third of people report chronic stress at work. The compounding stress from the never-ending workday is hurting us. It’s hurting our relationships with loved ones, it’s harming our health, and affecting our overall happiness. Studies have found that chronic stress can be just as damaging to your body as second-hand smoke. So not only does being stressed out all the time make you feel crummy, it’s literally killing you! Luckily, we’re beginning to realize as a society that this endless cycle of work-related stress is taking a toll. Many employers and organizations are starting to implement ways to help their employees create a work-life balance, because they’re realizing that it helps their bottom line.
If you’re supporting a family, take a moment to recognize that they want to spend time with you, uninterrupted from work-related stress. It's critical to find time to re-energize yourself by doing things that you enjoy. It’s time to put yourself higher on your “to-do” list. If you want to stay healthy enough to maintain your work and life, you need to incorporate downtime into your schedule so that you don’t burn out. Last question - are you ready for a change? If yes, sign up now to join me for this month's free class, Finding Balance, via Zoom on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time. It will also be live in Firefly's private Facebook group. In addition to the class, I'm hosting a free Life-Work Balance Challenge that will guide you through the first steps of drawing crucial boundaries between your work and personal life. Throughout the challenge, I’ll share daily posts, challenges, questions, and words of inspiration on the group Facebook page to help you create real change in your life.
If you’re ready to improve your quality of life and step away from the 24/7 workday, join us for the 14-day Life-Work Balance Challenge that starts on Sunday, October 23. Register here.