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The Importance of a Work-Life Balance

05.07.2019
People who feel they have a good work-life balance are more satisfied with their jobs and their lives. They also experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety. A survey conducted by Mental Health America found that of the adults employed full time in the U.S.:
  • Nearly 40% of people report working at least 50 hours weekly, and 18% work 60 hours or more. 
  • Over 75% of people report feeling afraid of punishment or reprisal for taking a day off to care for their mental health.
  • More than two-thirds of people have had their sleep negatively affected by workplace issues.
Health suffers when work takes over life:
  • Burnout and stress are estimated to cost as much as $190 billion per year ($6,025 per second) in health care spending in the U.S.
  • A poor work-life balance increases the risk for sleep problems, digestive disorders and mental health conditions. This is especially true for people work longer shifts or on nights and weekends.
  • Working considerable overtime increases the likelihood of experiencing symptoms of depression, especially in men.
To learn about behavioral health programs offered by Willowbrooke at Floyd​, call 706.509.3500 or our 24-hour help line at 1.800.365.3548.