Balancing your professional and personal life can be a challenge, but it’s essential for the betterment of your overall health. Oftentimes, our desire to succeed professionally takes precedence over other aspects of our lives. And despite the resounding evidence that working long and tedious hours can be harmful to our physical and mental health, many professionals still struggle to overcome their habits and assumptions surrounding working hours.
Creating a harmonious work-life balance plays a crucial role in not only improving your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing but your career as well. When your work, relationships, and self are properly attended to, then your wellbeing and personal satisfaction are maintained. Achieving a balance between your working hours and home life might seem unattainable, but there are steps you can take to help your days go smoother.
What does it take to free yourself from these unhealthy habits and reach a sustainable and rewarding work-life balance? In this CBTalks podcast episode, Dr. John Sharry, Psychotherapist, Clinical Director, and Co-Founder of SilverCloud Health, offers professional advice and insights on the matter. John uses the metaphor of a three-legged stool to describe the embodiment of holistic wellness.
The three legs of the stool represent three key domains in life: relationships, work, and self. When all three are in balance, the stool is stable, but when any leg becomes off-balance, the stool inevitably falls over. This is extremely symbolic of the balancing act that we have to maintain in our lives.
- Relationships - The quality of our personal relationships directly impacts our overall health. The more intimately connected we are to the ones that we love, the more satisfaction we have in our lives. However, creating and maintaining healthy personal relationships is a perpetual process that requires a lot of time and effort.
- Work - When people align work with their strengths, passions, and values, it gains more meaning and significance. This might include your paid employment or how you contribute to life, such as community projects or volunteering.
- Self - People across the globe suffer from increased levels of insomnia, depression, stress, anxiety, and more. These mental health challenges are often related to a neglect of physical health and fitness. That's why it's crucial to prioritize nutrition, fitness, and adequate sleep.
At SilverCloud, we provide evidence-based wellbeing and behavioral health solutions delivered digitally and at scale. With nearly two decades of clinical research, we’ve created a modern and measurable platform to improve access and outcomes for several populations.
Discover more about finding balance in your life by checking out the CBTalks podcast today.