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Maintaining balance on the success ladder

For many of us, having a sense of progression in life can be important for our happiness. According to our new Vhi Health Insights report into happiness in the workplace, health can be one of the key measurements we use to check whether we’re happy with our work life. However, with such busy work lives, we can find it hard to participate fully in activities that can progress our careers and enrich our health.

This can lead to us putting more pressure on ourselves. We then feel that we “should” be doing something rather than doing something because we enjoy it. Amongst other things this pressure can lead to a decrease in motivation, increase in unhappiness and overall dissatisfaction with your work-life balance.

Therefore, it’s important to strike a balance between looking after your health and moving forward with your career.

Finding that balance

When it comes to career progression, we tend to focus on our performance in all aspects of life, not just our work. This means we can compare ourselves to our peers, creating competition.

This constant focus on yourself can be counterproductive as you may become constantly fixated on the next rung of the career ladder rather than pausing and evaluating your progress so far.

If possible, get involved in corporate social responsibility initiatives such as charity work or volunteering. This can be a great way to add to your skill-set as well as give back to your community, which can boost your self-esteem and mood.

Making the time

Another way to help find the balance is making the time to look after your health and well-being. Many of us are aware that we should be taking our health seriously but find it hard to fit in around our schedules.

As mentioned before, this can lead to a feeling that you “should” be doing something, rather than doing it because you enjoy it. Therefore, it’s important to establish health and well-being as habitual maintenance rather than a once-off event.

This habit should be something that can be fit in around a busy schedule; be it a walk during lunchtime, a run in the evening or a gym session before work. Other activities like going to the cinema and socialising with friends are great ways to unwind while also keeping your friendships healthy.

Whatever it is, it should be something that you enjoy doing for yourself rather than something you feel that you should do. Doing something we enjoy has a number of great benefits including reducing stress, increasing happiness and improving our overall health and well-being.

By striving to find a balance, employees can take steps to further their career and satisfy their ambition without compromising on their health and helping improve their workplace happiness.

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