9 Signs You Have Absolutely No Work-Life Balance
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” That inspirational quote was said by country music legend, Dolly Parton. Truer words have never been spoken!
Working in modern-day America typically means that you are bound to the 9-5 “daily grind”.
Your life now revolves around setting an early-morning alarm, commuting to work, punching the time-clock, working 8+ hours, going home, and doing it all over again the next day!
If you are not passionate about your work, this lifestyle can become a major source of unhappiness.
Depending on your current career path, you may be experiencing heightened levels of stress and dissatisfaction.
Perhaps you are thinking, “How did I get here? I hate my job!” As a result, you are probably suffering from a total lack of work-life balance, never finding a way to detach yourself from your work, so you can enjoy your personal life.
Perhaps you have reasons for staying in a job that you dislike, but nothing should compromise your personal health.
Below are 9 signs that you have lost control of your work-life balance and are headed towards work burnout:
1.) YOU ALWAYS FEEL EXHAUSTED
This type of exhaustion is not normal – it puts you in an unending fog.
Before you get out of bed in the morning, you already feel tired.
Just waking up to the thought of going in to work makes you feel fatigued. This isn’t just a physical exhaustion; it is also a mental one.
Your personality dims and the things that once excited you seem tedious.
When you get home from work, all you want to do is curl up on the couch and do something that requires 0% effort. The days of going out with friend or accomplishing a goal are over.
You are too tired to care anymore.
2.) YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SOME HEALTH PROBLEMS
Are you getting constant headaches, stomach problems, or shoulder pain?
These are key signs that your stress levels are too high and you need to step up your self-care routine!
For most people, it starts with debilitating headaches and neck pains.
Then comes the serious digestive/gut issues (painful bladder infections, constant acid reflux, and constipation).
You may begin to gain weight even though you aren’t eating badly.
Sometimes, your nervous system will start to act up. …night shaking, shivering and sweating.
Then comes the anxiety!
Over long periods of time, chronic stress can take a debilitating toll on a person’s health.
Long-term stress can cause heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and gastrointestinal issues.
Finding ways to effectively relive your stress is an important step to making your health a priority.
3.) YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT WORK
Even though you are off the clock, you cannot stop thinking about your job.
The project you are working on, the deadline that is coming up next week, your demanding boss – you cannot stop thinking about them!
As a result, this increases your stress levels and does not allow you to mentally and physically prepare for the next work day.
If you do not address this problem, it will take an effect on your job performance and health.
4.) THINGS ARE GETTING MESSY
You used to have an immaculately clean work-space and home, but you don’t anymore! You have too much to do at work and you are too tired to clean when you get home.
Even though your inner neat-freak may have quieted down, the mess is still making you feel unbalanced and stressed.
Before leaving work each day, try to get your work-space in order – even a little bit!
And when you get home, try to tackle one specific cleaning project at a time. The hard part is getting started!
Once you start, you will be surprised at how quickly you can clean a room.
5.) YOU CAN’T SLEEP AT NIGHT
You may feel exhausted and sleepy prior to crawling into bed.
But the second you turn out the lights, your mind turns ON.
You begin thinking about work, your ever-increasing stress levels, and your decreasing life expectancy. (No, seriously!)
6.) YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE STRUGGLING
As your work-life balance declines, you may start to respond to others in a negative way.
Perhaps you are becoming increasingly argumentative and negative.
Or you are withdrawing from the world, preferring to be by yourself instead of with your family and friends.
While it is normal to occasionally experience negative emotions, you must identify when they are becoming a normal part of your life.
If your mind is always on work, while talking to family or friends, you need to make an effort to get this bad habit under control!
This behavior is one of the reasons you will lose friends.
When your job takes precedence over the relationships in your life, you are starting to lose sight of what truly matters.
Remember, “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
7.) YOU CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU ENJOYED YOURSELF
Your work-related sadness follows you everywhere!
Get-togethers with friends, weekend events, and even vacations are always overshadowed with the thought of returning to work.
This mindset is going to take the enjoyment out of precious moments and ruin what should have been good memories.
If you get to this point, perhaps you should consider changing your job or talking to your supervisor about more reasonable work expectations.
8.) YOU ARE BECOMING IRRITABLE
Beware of the grumpy co-worker, spouse, or parent!
When you find yourself in a unbalanced work-life situation, you start becoming moody!
It is very difficult to maintain a positive outlook when you are stressed and unhappy.
However, happiness is a choice and you must find ways to choose positivism!
9.) ANXIETY IS BECOMING A NORMAL PART OF YOUR LIFE
Don’t feel bad about this one! Did you know that 40 million adults in the United states suffer from anxiety?
Whenever you start driving to work or even thinking about work, you start to become uneasy, apprehensive, and your chest starts feeling tight.
Anxiety can either control your life or you can learn to control it!
Whether you have mild or severe anxiety, there are always ways to manage and treat it yourself or by way of a medical professional.
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Now that you have identified that you have a problem with your work-life balance, it is time to get it under control!
However, if you are going to remain in your current position, you must learn to find ways to enjoy your current position.
In the end, you must take some time to identify your priorities.
Don’t sacrifice your passions, happiness, and relationships for a job you hate or an unhealthy and obsessive work mindset.