Work-life balance refers to how much of our time and energy we focus on our jobs and careers to the exclusion of other aspects of our life, such as family, friends, rest, spirituality, and health. A healthy work-life balance can look different person to person, but it should result in all of a person’s physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs consistently being met along with work goals and responsibilities. An unhealthy work-life balance can occur when an employee uses career accomplishments or work focus to gain a sense of validation or distraction from other unmet needs in their life, or it can result from the general culture of work and/or of employers who demand devotion to responsibilities at all personal costs. Finding a healthy work-life balance for yourself can be a slow process, and it can certainly change over time.
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