“Work to live” and “live to work” seem like diametrically opposed philosophies, but they both have elements of truth. While work is absolutely a means to an end – a tool for acquiring wealth for necessities – we’re also not a feudal society anymore, and a career should be as intrinsically rewarding as it is a meal ticket.
But while finding satisfaction at work is critical, reducing it to its core purpose of sustenance also gives us perspective. What about family? What about hobbies? What about ourselves? We have those things well before we have careers, and they have to be protected. This is the essence of work-life balance.
Why Is It A Problem?
In the modern world, work-life balance is an almost inescapable problem. 66% of Americans say they struggle with it. There are a number of core issues in both workplaces and society that contribute to this:
Solving the Problem
Improper work-life balance contributes to mental health issues, hurts marriages, keeps parents and children apart, and can literally kill people. The living wage and income inequality are mainstream political terms, and many companies now offer flexible time off plans and emphasize wellness. But it’s a long journey, and until then, what can individuals do?
If you’re struggling with work-life balance, therapy can help re-align your priorities and stick to a plan. Contact Azevedo Family Psychology today, and together, we can create a life worth celebrating!