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4 Con and 4 Pro Arguments On Work Life Balance

4 Con and 4 Pro Arguments On Work Life Balance

If you browse through the internet reading about the topic “Work Life Balance” you’re in for a ride! So far, it always seemed that finding a good balance between your daily work and the time you spend with family, friends or just yourself is what we all should strive to achieve.

But already the first page of your search results will turn that idea upside down and back again! The only balance you’ll find is the amount of pro and con articles about this topic. So, what’s the deal? Here are 4 arguments against and 4 arguments in favor of the work live balance theory.

Con-Argument: Life Work Balance? Totally outdated!

If you read articles like the one from Conor Neill’s on lifehack, you will find yourself totally agreeing with the facts and ideas he presents.

1. We are never in balance

Conor Neill states that we are never balanced out when we put one foot in front of the other. Or at least just a tiny bit during the process. Conor even takes it a step further and calls the whole concept of a balance between work and free time outright stupid! He explains this theory by focusing on humans and the way we move: “Triangles are naturally in balance, humans are not.”

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2. If we would reach the perfect life work balance, we would be unhappy

Conor Neill’s reason for this is because that would be the end of the road. And humans are not made to stand still. We need to explore, develop new ideas, and make things better!

3. The constant search for the perfect life-work-balance is a very frustrating endeavor

Connor Neill explains that something in balance will never feel steady and safe. A strong fundament and stable wings are what we all need. His message, “Build your fundament and trust your wings!” is good, valuable, and solid. But somehow his entire argumentation feels a bit off topic.

Author Meghan M. Biro takes it even a notch further and tells us to kill the life work balance myth! Reading her article on Forbes, you might find yourself in total agreement.

4. The idea of maintaining a life work balance is “simply not a functional concept”

Meghan M. Biro rightfully talks about leaders, who achieved tremendous things, build up multi-billion dollar companies and created an impact on how we live today. She states that modern companies change the working environment to a work-living environment and that this very productive structure defines the way our first-world society will move ahead. Work life balance? According to Meghan M. Biro “We’re already past that”. So, let us all become leaders, live to work, and change the world! Right?

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Pro-argument: Without a good work-life-balance you’re doomed!

Let’s look at the other side of the argumentation. Just like on the con-side, you’ll find numerous articles that will bombard you with all the amazing advantages a good work life balance holds in store for you.

One of the most striking arguments for maintaining an equal amount of free time in reference to your working hours is actually quite simple: “If you don’t balance work with the rest of your life, you’ll miss it.” But that is just the essence of the whole pro-argumentation. Here are four of many points, which speak for a well-balanced scale between work and free time:

1. Money does not make you happier!

Although we have all heard that argument at least a thousand times before, it is still not very convincing. But then again … earning a bag full of cash every month by working like a maniac, but with no time, no friends, and no hobby to spend it on, does seem a bit silly.

2. More free time means more social interactions.

The human being is a herd animal. And a very romantic one on top! We need our social time with others, may it be our partner, friends or family.

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3. Free time makes room for creativity!

And thus, your work and you career will also benefit from a healthy work life balance.

4. Your health will thank you

Compared to a work-life-balance, a so called “burn out” is not a myth! What good will all that hard-earned cash do you, if you need to spend it on medical bills?

The Conclusion to the Work Life Balance Argument

Is unsatisfying! Why? Because everyone has a different point of view.

Career orientated people will tell you that the concept of balancing work and life is outdated. Work and life are becoming one thing. Mobile devices enable you to work from anywhere at any time. Companies are beginning to adjust their job structures and the working environment accordingly. Some people love what they are doing! They become one with the task at hand, find their true purpose and excel in their career. And that is just great!

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For others, a good work life balance is working a few hours from their home office and then going for a walk with the dog, fetch some of the home-grown veggies for lunch from the garden and then maybe work some more. Not the huge amount of cash is relevant but the quality time they spend with their loved ones and doing the things they really enjoy doing.

It is a fact though, that most people living on our planet do not have the choice between a highly-paid career and an easy-going home office job. And an estimated 95% of these people do not have the luxury of trying to balance work and life. For them, life and work are what they are.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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