When we talk about mental health we are talking about “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.” Our mental health influences how we think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects our ability to handle stress, face and overcome challenges, maintain and build relationships, and recover from difficulties and setbacks.
To avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This recovery process requires “switching off” from work by having periods of time when you are neither engaging in work-related activities, nor thinking about work. It is critical that you disconnect from time to time, in a way that fits your needs and preferences.
While we all need a certain amount of stress to keep us motivated on and help us perform at our best, the key to managing stress lies in balance. Not only are achieving a healthy work/life balance an attainable goal but workers and businesses alike see the rewards. When your work atmosphere is balanced and happy, you are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in your jobs.