There’s No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance. There’s Just Life

Tip of the Day – Monday 16th July

The modern workplace is a stressful environment. The advent of the computer chip means that modern workers are expected to do far more than their counterparts even one generation ago. Things aren’t improving much either. As the media feast on stories surrounding the ‘global financial crisis’ (their words) workers feel more pressure to perform, fearing for their jobs, or worse still find themselves taking on more responsibilities following a spate of redundancies.

The result? Our workforce has never been so sick and tired. Government figures show the extent of the problem, with work related stress having doubled since the early 1990’s and an estimated half a million people now suffering from work related stress, depression or anxiety.

I’ve written many times already on this blog about the importance of physical activity, good food, adequate down time and good quality sleep, not just for short-term performance, but for long-term health and mental well-being.

Employers should take heed. Simply telling people to eat well and get to bed early is not enough. So much more can be done to really look after your most important assets. It needs to be part of the culture, from the top down. It should ooze from every pore of the organization, in everything you do. Great performance is about working smarter not harder, and getting everything in balance should be a goal for everyone, not just corporate high fliers that have the means to step back and ‘spend more time with family’. Happy people perform better, are ill less often and make for a pleasant working environment. We only get one go at life, let’s make sure we enjoy all of it.

About Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain MSc is a performance nutritionist based in Hertfordshire supporting athletes in a variety of sports and offering weight loss and general nutrition coaching to anyone looking to improve their health and well-being. Paul has lectured extensively on nutrition and is former Technical Director at Solgar Vitamin & Herb, where he gained extensive knowledge of the supplement market. Paul uses a functional approach to promote improved performance and long-term health.