Work life balance - Wales
We live in a society that place great value on results - achievement, qualifications, status and success - often at great personal expense. Many people work themselves extremely hard - ignoring what their bodies and minds are telling them.
But what's the point of success, a great career - if you're always stressed, overwhelmed and don't see your family and friends
Under HSE, The Labour Force Survey (LFS) show:
- The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487 000 (39%) out of a total of 1 241 000 cases for all work-related illnesses
- The total number of working days lost due to stress, depression or anxiety was 11.3 million in 2013/14, an average of 23 days per case of stress, depression or anxiey
Staggering numbers that do not look to be declining. This poses some thoughts on the need to take things into our own hands and be in control of how we live and work.
Having a balance and the ability to have tools in place to look after yourself are a necessity and not a "nice to have" in this demanding world.
Although the concepts of "Life Balance" and "Self-care" have has been growing in popularity in the last decade, they are still seen as "soft" requirements. Something high achievers - and men especially - shouldn't need. We get the message over and over that we should just be able to soldier on through illness and stress
To make it worse, many of us are also given the message that life balance and self-care is not only a sign of weakness, but selfish too! And because so few people challenge it, these negative beliefs become "the norm". It's these cultural beliefs and expectations that make it hard for people to make the necessary changes for a more balanced and self-full life.
As a coach, we look at the whole person and their whole life. We know that without self-care and life balance we under-perform, we get sick, we risk damaging our most important relationships. or worse, head towards burn-out.
Make balance and self-care a part of the coaching agenda!
Jane Baker specialises in stress management and work life balance coaching for individuals and organizations.
Contact her on 01656 785895 or www.steppescoaching.co.uk