Work Stress/Life Balance  

What is it

While the Oxford Dictionary’s definition of work-life balance is “the division of one’s time and focus between working and family or leisure activities”, it is almost impossible for a full time worker to spend as much time in activity hours outside of work as they do at work. Modern day society has people working harder and longer, often with less time spent with family and/or friends. Most workplaces will have policies and procedures in place that promote healthy workplaces, both physically, mentally and emotionally. In supporting their workers in achieving a positive work-life balance, and employer will benefit from a happier workplace resulting in higher productivity overall.

What it includes

Achieving work-life balance means ensuring that you focus your energies on ALL the important aspects of your life. These include:

• Work/Career
• Finances
• Health
• Family
• Social engagement
• Relationships
• Personal development
• Attitude
• Spirituality

Not having work-live balance can cause symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.

Depression:
Having depression is different from feeling sad or down. Depression is often greater and often longer lasting than feeling sad. As each person experiences symptoms differently, symptoms may include: lowered motivation to engage in our normal activities; not experiencing the same positive feelings from activities that we normally do; feeling lethargic and tired most of the time; being more tearful than normal; being easily angered or frustrated with people; avoiding people and social networks; turning up to work late more frequently; difficulty managing tasks more than normal; reduced appetite; increased used of alcohol to cope; having less confidence in doing usual tasks; increased sick leave; more negative thought patterns; and lack of hope for the future.

Anxiety:
Each person experiences the symptoms of anxiety differently. Symptoms may include: difficulty breathing when not doing any excessive physical exercise; difficulty when faced with new or unfamiliar situations; difficulty in unfamiliar social situations; increased heart rate; increase sweating/body temperature; chest pain; fidgeting or feeling more on edge and tense; dryness in the mouth; feeling scared with no obvious reason being present

Stress:
As with depression and anxiety, each individual person may experience the symptoms of stress differently. Some stress can prompt us to action, to improve a situation which we are not happy with. Excess stress is detrimental to us both physically and emotionally. Being over-stressed can result in reduced productivity, reduced interpersonal relationships, and overall quality of life. Symptoms of stress include: overwhelm with normal work activities/tasks; less productivity; increased absenteeism; sleep difficulties; irritability; difficulty winding down at the end of the day; over-reacting to situations; and being intolerant of interruptions.

How a psychologist can help

• Ensure that you are getting at least 30 minutes exercise per day. If you can incorporate nature into your exercise, even better.
• Ensure you make time for family and friends. Spending time with people important to us assists in maintaining positive mental health and a sense of connection. 
• Ensure you engage in a hobby/recreational activity on a regular basis. This increases our sense of enjoyment in life, and often gives us a sense of achievement. 
• Take time out to relax, to put your feet up and take time out from the “hussle and bussle” of life.
• “Tune in” to yourself and any potential indicators of depression, anxiety and stress. Early and ongoing implementation of the above strategies can assist to guard against imbalance in your work-life balance.

If a person continues to have difficulty, many businesses offer support services for their employees such as Employee Assistance Programs. Engaging in psychological support can assist with building a “tool box” of strategies to assist a person obtain work-life balance. 

If you require additional information, please call our office on 07 3256 6320. Our mental health focused reception staff will be only too happy to assist you with your enquiry about our service and can suggest the most suitable Psychologist for your concern.

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Psychologists who work in this service

Meredith Falkiner
Meredith Falkiner
Senior Psychologist. Taking new clients.
Tania Watson
Tania Watson
Psychologist. Taking new clients.
Mary Kedwell
Mary Kedwell
Psychologist. Availability for a couple of new clients.
Timothy Southwell
Timothy Southwell
MH Accredited Medicare Rebates Available. Gottman Couples Therapist
Ricardo Bird
Ricardo Bird
Senior Psychologist. Taking new clients.
Vince Conway
Vince Conway
Psychologist. Taking new clients.
Jessica Kenny
Jessica Kenny
Psychologist (Prov.). Taking new clients.
Gerald White
Gerald White
MH Accredited Medicare Rebates available. Taking new clients.
Sarah Laird
Sarah Laird
Psychologist (Prov.). Taking new clients.
Gregory Kelly
Gregory Kelly
Taking new clients from 1 August.
Naomi Norman
Naomi Norman
Psychologist (Prov.). Can take a couple new clients. Heavily booked.
Jane Correnti
Jane Correnti
Psychologist (Prov.). Heavily booked. Call the clinic for new bookings.
Teracia Sehgal
Teracia Sehgal
Psychologist. Taking a few new clients
Lindy Devenish
Lindy Devenish
Senior Psychologist. Closed to new clients. On extended leave
Amanda Murray
Amanda Murray
Not taking clients. At capacity for new clients.
Carolina Gonzalez
Carolina Gonzalez
Clinical Psychologist (On mat leave, return August 2022 )
Jade Dean
Jade Dean
Closed to new clients
Kristie Clarke
Kristie Clarke
At capacity for new clients. Waitlist available. Contact clinic for any referrals.