It is not unusual for work to get strenuous and hectic at a point. There are tons of emails to respond to, projects piling up, having to stay up late and even having to take work home with you. It just never seems to end.
However, this should not be your reality because if it is, then it is time to re-evaluate your work-life balance and make some healthy changes.
While extra toil may seem like the best way to advance your career, numerous studies — summarized in the Harvard Business Review — have shown that overworking can backfire by damaging your health and reducing your productivity at work.
We have listed some signs that can help you determine your work-life balance is completely out of alignment.
Missing events due to an overbooked schedule
If you are unable to hang out with your friends or do things with your loved ones because your schedule is too tight, then it is a sure sign your work-life balance is out of whack. Imagine having to miss a concert or movie you have been looking forward to because you can’t get out of work.
You stop taking care of your body
When your body begins to get out of shape due to negligence, then you should know your work-life balance is off. Are you staying up too late? Do you find it hard to fall asleep? Missing your exercise and not getting enough food? You can’t even find time to address that nagging health concern bothering you.
Your mental health is affected
If you have started noticing signs of depression or anxiety, you may need to take a pause and do a sober reflection. Are you feeling angry, irritable, hopeless, experiencing mood swings and panic attacks? Who knows, maybe thoughts of suicide have even crossed your mind?
Work is always on your mind
If work is constantly on your mind especially even when with others, there is a problem. At work, it’s great to be this focused. At home, your focus should be your family, your friends, your hobbies, and other non-work pursuits. Thinking about the job all the time will take its toll on your mental health, and you’ll eventually burn out. You must know when to switch off from the madness of work.
You have no social life and you are lonely
When you finally are not working, do you realize that although you have people around all the time, you no longer have meaningful relationships and interactions with friends or family? If your relationships have suffered because of work and you find yourself lonely at the end of the day, then your work-life balance is off.
You constantly think about quitting
If you find out that the very thing you love is beginning to consuming your life and you now think of quitting, then your work-life balance is way off. Yes, it may also be because the job itself is not pleasant, but when the bad job becomes the bane of your existence, it tips the scales.