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Are you experiencing stress?

How is your work-life balance? Answer the following questions:

  • I feel like I have little or no control over my workload.
  • I rarely enjoy hobbies or interests outside of work.
  • I often feel unappreciated at work.
  • I feel guilty because I can't make time for friends and family.
  • I frequently feel anxious or upset because of my work.
  • I rarely have enough time to spend with people I care about.
  • When I'm at home, I find it hard to relax.
  • I rarely take breaks or lunch.
  • I have been having problems in relationships at work or at home.
  • I often have headaches or muscle aches during or after work.
  • I find it hard to concentrate or complete work tasks.
  • On most days, I feel overwhelmed.

The more items you answered "yes" to, the more likely workplace stress is affecting your life. Talking to someone (perhaps your doctor or a counsellor) about the workplace stress you are experiencing is an important step toward balance. Each of these statements are red flags to alert us to pay attention to our well-being and include self-care throughout the day. Work-life balance is not something you achieve; instead it is something you can work toward, maintain, and enhance every day.

Wave: May / June 2013

About Wave

Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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