Work-Life Balance May 14, 2019

Work allows you to provide for yourself and your family while also serving a purpose in the community, but when it takes over your life, it can negatively affect your health.

Here are some results from Mental Health America's latest Work Health Survey:

  • Of adults employed full time in the U.S., nearly 40 percent reported working at least 50 hours per week, and 18 percent work 60 hours or more.
  • More than half of people who responded to the survey say that they do unhealthy things (drink, use drugs, lash out at others) to cope with workplace stress.
  • More than 75 percent said they are afraid of getting punished for taking a day off to attend to their mental health.
  • More than two-thirds have had their sleep negatively affected by workplace issues.
  • People who work in manufacturing, retail and food/beverage jobs were more likely to report that work stress "Always or Often" impacted their personal relationships.

Remember that social connections, recreation, a healthy diet, humor, sleep and mindfulness can help recharge your batteries and rebalance your life.

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