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How to Set Boundaries for Home and Work

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us give it our best shot every day. We begin with our family in the morning, power through a full day at work, then we head home to recover.

But sometimes we let work follow us home.

Do you disconnect at home? Or do you continue to check calls?

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, looked at the pressures that come up as boundaries blur.

What Really Happens

More than 50 percent of us check emails before and after work, according to the American Psychological Association.  We also check them on weekends, on vacation, and when we are ill.

When this happens, we never really step away from work or completely unwind. That can create stress that invites depression, heart disease, weight gain, and tiredness.

Those stress footprints may show up in overall health, mental health, and family connections.

Health takes a hit – It starts slowly and builds. If you sit for long hours day after day without breaks, your mind and body suffer.  We all run into deadlines that have to be completed. So we put in the time to make it happen. But everybody needs regular breaks, and open time for exercise and vacations. If you catch yourself slipping into extended work patterns, start breaking up the time.

The mind needs a break – Most of us need time away from work to collect our thoughts and enjoy our lives. Time away lets the mind rest and regroup. Then it’s easy to return with fresh ideas. Make the effort to add a few outside interests to avoid burnout.

Families need tending – Just like gardens, families can grow weeds if they are ignored. We all work to support our families. But they also need us to be there to talk, laugh, and play. I have known people who gave everything to their jobs. Later, when they made time for their families, much had been lost. Just like bank accounts, families thrive with regular deposits.

How work defines us – Inevitably, work becomes an important part of our identity. But letting work become our complete identity is risky. Maintaining a life outside of work helps individuals continue to grow, absorb pressure, and avoid burnout.

Most people recognize the dangers. They do maintain a balance between work and life. But it never hurts to step back to look at what we are doing.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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