The importance of work life balance this Mental Health Month

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Each year October plays host to National Mental Health Month, a month where a spotlight is placed on the importance of mental health and how we can raise awareness, that mental health matters!

The purpose if this is to provide education and support for people who are suffering from poor mental health, or for people who aid those with poor mental health in local communities and our country as whole.

Importance of a good work-life balance

A busy work life is a major catalyst in fuelling an unhealthy mental wellbeing, resulting in depression and anxiety. Therefore, balancing out your work life and home life is an essential focus for Mental Health Month.

Specifically, Australia has fallen behind the rest of the world when it comes to work-life balance. This is due to factors such as long working hours and longer work commutes, leading to intense family pressure and tension. Even when working from home during the COVID-19 epidemic Australians are overexposing themselves to work and not taking necessary measures to control their mental wellbeing.

Whilst overworking can be damaging, it’s important to understand that doing the right amount of work is valuable to mental health balance, it allows for:

  • A sense of financial stability
  • Independence
  • A sense of purpose
  • Community connection
  • Builds meaningful relationships

These points are crucial in an individual’s overall sense of wellbeing and can positively effect attitudes at work and home. Integrating your work life and home life is not only important in obtaining a healthy mentality, but it also encourages higher quality work efforts and nourishes personal and family relationships, both components strengthen each other equally.

To achieve a healthy work-life balance the following 7 tips should be taken into consideration:

  1. Time management matters

Organise your time effectively in diaries and calendars to monitor and allocate where your time goes and eliminate time wasting activities.

  • Let go of perfect

The idea of achieving perfection can lead to overthinking and overworking, leading to a burn out.

  • Personal Boundaries

Set yourself healthy personal boundaries and goals, such as going technology free for short periods in the day allowing the mind to reset.

  • Downtime

Breaks are created to be taken! Take your downtime and do something that relieves stress and enforces positivity.

  • Health comes first

Prioritise your health and ensure you are getting enough sleep, exercise and a healthy diet.

  • Nurture relationships

Eliminate negative relationships and focus on building positive work relationships that create an enjoyable workplace. Prioritise home and family relationships and the time you spend with them.

  • Re-evaluate your job

Do you enjoy your work? Sometimes being unhappy isn’t always worth the wage. If there is no resolution to hating what you do, consider a career change.

These tips can help improve balance and develop a stable and healthy mindset. Having a good structure and consistency in your everyday life will prevent stress and emotional fatigue.

The team at CCTS hope you can take some time this month to prioritise what is important to you and make the change to build a stable work-life balance.

Mental Health Matters!

References

https://www.mhfa.org.au/CMS/national-mental-health-month-2020

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/tips-to-achieve-work-life-balance

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/work-life-balance

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/wellbeing/finding-the-work-life-balance-sweet-spot