Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Do you live to work or are you working to live?

Many working Americans place a great value on the reputation acquired with employers, our company and our colleagues.  We find satisfaction and confidence by being 'good at what we do' and in 'being busy.' Establishing a position as the bosses go-to for problem solving and being in the loop for everything that happens can feel rewarding and promising for longevity within the organization.  The industrious, professional work ethic left unchecked, however, can have a high price.

If you find yourself with a reduced ability to relax and unwind outside of work by enjoying time with family, friends and, most importantly, with yourself, you are not alone.  When you loose the personal side, struggles often begin outside of the office - problems with spouses, life partners, children, our health, and friends stop calling.  We can lose the ability to have fun; to laugh and look forward to new experiences.  Boundaries with employers, fellow employees and the company is important to avoid burnout and to maintain a successful employee reputation over time.    

One sign that you have lost the ability to unwind is a lack of hobbies and interests outside of work to rejuvenate the interesting human you used to be. Another clue may be a lost interest in physical exercise or an addiction to working out that is extreme. Relationship quality with children, spouse or significant other can also be telling.  If you rarely have time or make a occasion to connect with the people you care about - family, children, friends - perhaps too much energy is going to the job and not enough is invested in the mortals in your life.  Life is short and precious. Enjoy it!

At Happy Brain Counseling, L.L.C., working professionals learn to balance their working and home lives and keep the focus that life is meant to be enjoyed and work is only a portion of that experience.  Visit the website to find out more information www.happy-brain.com or call 314/717-0190.