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The debate around striking the optimum work-life balance never goes stale. There is a lot to talk about, sharing and writing when it comes to the stress of managing work and life together and how it can affect any individual in the long run. I also feel culturally this pressure tends to be rather large in the current times. With a predominant section of the female population working, the shift has happened from our previous generations where the female parent would be available at home more often than not.
The changing social and familial scenario no doubt casts its shadow in the form of increased levels of stress and pressure. This comes from both sides of the situation – work and home.
The Pressure of Managing Work and Life
The challenge in this scenario comes not only from the expectations others may have of you as the parent, spouse and professional but also from what you expect from your own self. Recently the superwoman syndrome has been talked about extensively which essentially refers to the need for women to do all their roles – both familial and occupational – to the level of perfection that can be tiresome and draining, increasing the levels of pressure and stress.
At the same time, for many women who go the family way the growth trajectory in the organization undergoes a shift. If one is unable to be available for a certain period of time or has to take a sabbatical or change the work hours it is bound to affect the progress in the organization. Given that for many women work does contribute to their identity and the way they look at their own selves, dissatisfaction with the same can become burdensome.
Finally, if you as a spouse and a parent do not feel that you are doing justice to the roles that you need to play at home, it can be rather challenging to keep your thoughts and anxieties at bay. What others around you would tell you about the same would also make a huge difference. So if you have support around you in the form of family, spouse or parents who can help reinforce that you are doing well can certainly take away some of the pressure.
How Stress Translates into Depression
You would be surprised that most things if they don’t go well or if we feel a sense of dissatisfaction with them, end up affecting our moods. They also impact how we think about our own selves. Our sense of self-worth, self-esteem, our confidence in our own abilities and the sense of efficacy that one can accomplish all that one puts an effort in, can be significantly compromised as well.
When you begin to view yourself negatively and are losing confidence in how you are doing things, everything becomes a big challenge. The smallest of tasks becomes difficult and you almost start to anticipate that something may go wrong. The worst is what you can potentially expect and there is undeniable support to the fact that such thoughts and feelings are bound to make you feel sad and low.
Also, the more you have to do is going to take away from the time you to have spend doing the things you like and those that help you unwind. As a result taking care of yourself may not necessarily be a priority. You feel fatigued and tired and unable to keep up your energy levels. This most certainly is detrimental to your mental health because for an individual to feel good about themselves they also need to feel that life is going in a direction they want it to.
Finally, no person likes their goals not being met, whether these are personal or professional. A lack of sense of achievement and accomplishment can significantly impact your sense of well-being. And this can further cause you to experience depressive symptoms. Yes these symptoms need to last for a minimum of two weeks for us to even label it as the condition. However, it is essential to be aware of these to ensure you can offset them at the earliest before they become a full fledged disorder.
Warding Off the Problem of Low Moods
It is imperative that you be well versed with some things that you can do to take care of these moods. Giving up is not an option but finding a balance is the key,
Be wary of the signs of depression and strike the right work-life balance to ensure that you steer strongly away from them. Taking care yourself is important if you are to take care of your family and your work.