Work–life balance is a term commonly used to describe the balance that a working individual needs between time allocated for work and other aspects of life. Areas of life other than work–life can include personal interests, family and social or leisure activities.
The government have regulations, legislations and recommendations to help an individual maintain a healthy work-life balance. You can’t work more than 48 hours a week on average; this law is sometimes called the ‘working time directive’ or ‘working time regulations’.
It is argued that over working can double the risk of heart attacks and strokes. There is also evidence that tiredness and lack of sleep can be detrimental to one’s health. The recommended time we should sleep is 8 hours for the body to benefit from a full recovery.
By these recommended calculations an average working week, with the recommended sleep will result in a remaining 9 hours a day free time; remove any errands, travel to and from work one will soon find themselves in the routine of work, sleep and no play.
Someone with an ongoing health condition has the added time utilised by taking medication.
This is an example of my routine:
02:45 wake up
04:15 travel to work
04:30 prepare for work
05:00 start work
13:30 finish work
14:30 arrive home
I will attempt to go to bed by 20:00 to ensure I get enough rest, but realistically I will fall asleep by 22:00. What is noticeable in my routine is that by the time I get home, my body has been awake for nearly twelve hours.
On a normal day I am awake for eighteen to nineteen hours before getting less than six hours rest before repeating.
This challenges my body continuously for four days. To some this may not be a noticeable test, however with the combination of tiredness and oxygen depletion by the fourth day simply waking up can be an epic test.
The next time your colleagues seems to be taking it easy, do not just assume they are lazy, you do not know the struggle they had to come to work.
Take a breath – Raj