Is Work-Life Balance Achievable?

Tips for maintaining a healthy balance between personal life and work.

Julie Cunningham


Having work-life balance essentially means disconnecting from work during off hours to focus on family, friendships, hobbies, and other personal interests. It is being careful not to allow work to define your existence and to prioritize other aspects of life that bring joy and fulfillment. Consider these practices for maintaining work-life balance:

  • Prioritize self-care through exercise, nutrition, meditation, and/or other avenues of relaxation that promote well-being.

  • Use those vacation days, even if it's for a "staycation"; time away from the workplace is essential.

  • Disconnecting from technology when off the clock, while difficult, is a simple way to reduce stress and improve mental health.

  • Honestly assess whether your employment situation is amenable to the healthy balance you are seeking. A toxic work environment that discourages time off and expects you to be "available" 24/7 might signal the need for a job change.

Keeping a work-life balance is a fluid process that takes focus and requires intentional action. It is vital to assess and reassess periodically in order to thrive in both.