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Can a Lack of Work-Life Balance Cause Mental Health Issues for Upper-Level Managers?

Can a Lack of Work-Life Balance Cause Mental Health Issues for Upper-Level Managers?

CEOs, executives, upper-level managers and employees at large are at greater risk for mental health concerns when work-life balance is not supported. Upper-level positions in particular may face greater challenge with this, as their role typically requires more time and pressure to meet work responsibilities. Work-life balance isn’t an equal distribution, but rather a fluid component of one’s life that involves being able to engage in work productivity while also having enough time to enjoy family, home, and leisure activities. Technology certainly has taken away from this, as it’s easier than ever to check email from home, make business phone calls, and more.

A poor work-life balance typically occurs when the following symptoms are present:

  • You feel unhappy about the time you devote to work
  • You neglect other important aspects of your life to work
  • You feel more depressed, anxious, and/or irritable due to long hours at work
  • The more hours you spend at work, the more hours you tend to spend outside of work worrying or thinking about it
  • You’re experiencing several negative affects on your personal life due to long working hours, such as a lack of personal development, mental or physical health problems, poor relationships, and more

All of these can certainly make anyone more susceptible to mental illness, which can have further damaging effects on a person’s health and well-being, as well as personal and professional success. What can be done to change some of these if you are experiencing them?

Fortune Magazine notes the importance of delegating tasks to those you hire, so that you do not have to carry more of a workload than you need to. In addition, if you’re on vacation and need to complete minor work-related tasks at home, do it when it’s easiest to (such as before everyone wakes up). Set meetings at times that are convenient for you, and be sure to schedule time where you aren’t focused on work so that you can focus on friends, family, and other important aspects of life. In doing this, you may greatly reduce your chances of experiencing mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, etc.

If you haven’t already, speak with someone from a professional treatment center to learn more about programs to best suit your needs. Optimal recovery is possible, and you are not alone in your pursuit for happiness, health, and wellbeing.

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