Do You Have an Unhealthy Work-Life Balance? Here are the Warning Signs to Look Out For

Everyone knows that it’s important to keep an eye on balancing both your work and your life. However, not everyone understands how to achieve this because of one simple reason; they don’t know the effects of a poor work-life balance, nor do they understand the warning signs.

When we’re too focused on our ability to work, identifying the signs of a poor work-life balance can be difficult because we’ll commonly associate overworking with doing a good job. However, overworking is a major problem that many people don’t quite understand or accept as a part of their lives. This article from is a fantastic starting point to help you identify the signs of overworking and why you should avoid it. But to summarize it, overworking introduces many negative health effects and can even be fatal.

In order to prevent you from overworking yourself, we’ve decided to put together some helpful advice that will help you identify the warning signs of an unhealthy work-life balance. We’ll also be giving you tips on how you can actually achieve a better balance for the sake of your own health.

Do you feel like you have too many commitments to take care of?

Everyone subjects themselves to commitments that they can’t actually keep. For instance, if you’ve got some unique hobbies that demand a lot of time or if you’re studying while working, then it can sometimes feel like you’ve got no time to yourself. Juggling all of your commitments, be they your friends, family, hobbies or even work, can get tiresome if you’re not prepared for it.

Take a look at this article at to learn a couple of tips on how you can balance something like college with a full-time job. Essentially, you need to embrace the fact that you have a limited number of hours in each day and that you need to compromise now and then. If you feel like you have too many commitments, then pick some to get rid of. It’s difficult to say goodbye to something that you love or something that you’ve worked hard on, but there are times when you do need to make a compromise whether it’s completely removing it from your routine or relegating it to a weekend activity.

By balancing your commitments, you’ll achieve a better work-life balance and you’re less likely to feel stressed out because you don’t have much time to yourself. It’s important to give yourself breaks now and then. You can learn more about the importance of breaks at You need to find ways to relax, unwind and focus on more positive things throughout the day.

Do you feel like you’re just a cog in a gigantic working machine?

Every employee, even in a large business with thousands of workers, should be individual and have their own sense of personality within the company. You should never feel like a single cog in a machine because it will force you to lose your individuality. This can have adverse effects on both your ability to work and your mental health, and it can slowly eat away at your sanity. As shown in this article at, it’s important for employees to be themselves instead of conforming to a standard that has been set by a manager.

However, achieving individualism in the workplace can be difficult, but there are a few ways to get started. For instance, you could dress differently or personalize your office space so that you have your own style. You could see if you want to buy a pair of medical scrubs that suits your size and style. Even if it’s a different color or if it has a certain unique pattern, it will help you stand out so you can embrace your individual identity.

In short, you need to find ways to stop feeling like you’ve lost your individual personality at work. It’s a clear sign that you’re not living the right work-life balance and it also means that you’re not embracing your own personality. Don’t let your workplace control who you are on an individual level. Sure, dressing appropriately and looking professional come with the idea of working for a company, but it doesn’t mean you need to lose your individuality for the sake of your company.

Do you strive for perfection every single day without fail?

As perfectionists know, there is no such thing as perfection. It’s a great way to motivate yourself to work harder and achieve greater things, but it doesn’t mean that you need to aim for it every single day because it’s an easy way to completely lose track of your ability to work without fearing failure.

However, that’s not to say that perfectionism is a bad thing. As shown in this article from, there are pros and cons to perfectionism and it takes a balance (much like your work-life balance) in order to get the most benefit from it. A perfectionist usually invests a lot of time, effort and occasionally money into mastering their craft, but there are times when they can become too competitive or too engrossed in their work to a point that they’re unable to see anything but their work.

When you tunnel vision your work, it means that you’re focusing too much on single aspects of your career and not looking at a bigger picture. This post at contains some extremely helpful tips that will help you deal with tunnel vision at work. It’s essential to get a broader picture of your life and your career so you can really identify if you’re focusing too heavily on your work or not. There are many situations in which you should be breaking away from your work in order to live a more comfortable lifestyle and focus on more important things such as your friends and family, and identifying these is the key to breaking your narrow-minded view of your life.

Are you unable to remember the last time you had a fun holiday or time with loved ones?

Focusing too much on your work can easily lead to neglecting your friends and family. We’ve already discussed that overworking yourself and living a bad work-life balance can quickly pile up and cause you to struggle, but we also need to mention the importance of having fun with your loved ones. Be they friends or family members, it’s important to enjoy yourself in the company of people you care about.

This article from is a fantastic read because it highlights one of the biggest concerns in everyone’s life: what do we consider as important in life? Some people consider starting a family to be the most important thing in life, but others are more focused on their personal health and well being. Once you’ve figured out what’s important to you in your life, you need to strive to balance both your dreams and your responsibilities.

In many cases, having fun with your loved ones either on a holiday or even just a day out can remind you that there are more important things than just staying at work and doing overtime. Yes, you have your responsibilities such as providing for your family, but if you only focus on work and don’t indulge yourself in the reasons why you’re working so hard, then it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important in life and you’ll end up feeling miserable for a long time. If you can’t remember the last time you went on holiday to enjoy yourself, then your work-life balance needs a serious overhaul.

Are you failing to take care of your own health?

If you’re constantly falling ill and the only thing on your mind is work, then you’re in dire need of some assistance. In Japan, there’s actually a word for dying from overworking yourself. As reported by, the work culture in Japan is so brutal that a 31-year-old journalist died after recording 159 hours of overtime in just a single month. This is a warning to anyone that overworks themselves to a point that their own health becomes a secondary concern.

The moment you fall ill due to working is the moment you need to slam the brakes on your life and reconsider what you’re doing. A work-life balance involves staying mentally and physically healthy, and overworking yourself can quickly compromise the balance. If you find yourself struggling to make time for a medical appointment or if you force yourself to work despite issues like carpal tunnel or stress, then you’re travelling down a path that will damage not just your own health, but potentially ruin the relationships between you and your friends or family.

Put your own health as a priority. If you’re feeling sick, call in and let your boss know that you’ll be taking some time off. If you’re in the hospital recovering from something, don’t take your laptop with you to continue working. Give your body time to relax and you’ll find that you can easily achieve a healthy work-life balance.

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