Mental Health and Work-Life Balance

A person’s condition regarding their psychological and emotional well-being or otherwise known as mental health, is a major issue today. “Mental illness is a serious disturbance in thoughts, feelings and perceptions that is severe enough to affect day-to-day functioning” (Health and Wellness in the Workplace). Some conditions of mental health include: Schizophrenia, Depression, Bi-polar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Eating Disorder, and Addiction. In order to minimize your risk to these illnesses, ensure that you separate your work and home life.

Start off by clicking this link http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/work-life-balance-quiz/#.WLM7TxIrL-Y and take the quiz to understand your balance. If you’re score is 10 or under, your state of balance is low. This result will mean you need to work on balancing your work life and personal life.

imagesTechnology ensures that individuals are connected to their work life at all times of the day – even when they are not in the office. A French Socialist MP Benoit Hamon states “employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash – like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails – they colonise the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.” (Schofield). In order to provide employees with a reprieve from their jobs, France is enforcing a law where “companies of more than 50 people will be obliged to draw up a charter of good conduct, setting out the hours – normally in the evening and on weekends – when staff are not supposed to send or answer emails” (Schofield).

imgresIn Michael Moore’s documentary, entitled Where to Invade to Next, he talks about a multitude of European countries and how they provide extended vacation for workers, sick days, and reduced hours. “In fact, as Moore discovers, the happier these workers are, the more time for eating, recreation and lovemaking they have, the more productive they become” (Macnab). European countries encourage a work-life balance that North American countries, like Canada, should emulate. Having a work-life balance that allows you to separate your work life from your personal life will improve your mental health and decrease your risk of being affected mental illnesses.

I encourage you to answer the following three questions below, to provide feedback on this subject.

  1. Do you feel that you have a health work-life balance?
  2. What do you feel employers could do to improve your mental health inside and outside the work place?
  3. What do you think you can do to improve your mental health inside and outside and outside the work place?

 

Related Links:

http://wheretoinvadenext.com/

http://www.mentalhealthcanada.com/main.asp?lang=e

References:

Health and Wellness in the Workplace. (2017, February 06). Retrieved February 26, 2017, from https://mdsc.ca/workplace/health-and-wellness-in-the-workplace/

Macnab, G. (2016, June 08). Where to Invade Next review: Michael Moore documentary is surprisingly charming and playful. Retrieved February 26, 2017, from http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/where-to-invade-next-review-michael-moore-documentary-is-surprisingly-charming-and-playful-a7070851.html

Schofield, H. (2016, May 11). The plan to ban work emails out of hours. Retrieved February 26, 2017, from http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36249647