3 reasons why you do not have a healthy work life balance

June 28, 2022

Hustle culture will have you believe that working unendingly long hours is essential to your success; whether as an individual, or as an organization. However, in the long term, hustle culture does more harm than good. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that having a healthy work life balance is the only way to sustain  productivity levels. 

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What is a healthy work life balance ? 

While there is no single “correct” amount of work life balance (i.e., it can look different for different individuals at different points of time), a healthy balance would allow individuals to both be productive and efficient at work, and have a fulfilling personal life.

This could mean being able to meet deadlines, produce quality work, contributing to your team- while enjoying weekends, spending time with your family, reconnecting with friends and being able to disconnect from work during off hours. At the risk of this sounding like a dream to many, a healthy cycle of work-life balance is absolutely necessary to avoid burnout and ensure consistency in the quality and quantity of your work. 



3 factors that are contributing to your unhealthy work life balance

The unrealistically long working hours have left a whole generation of people asking themselves- is work life balance a myth? Is it even achievable? And if yes, then at what cost? First of all, it can be understandably daunting to accept that your work life might not be absolutely healthy. It is okay!

A lot of these unhealthy work habits have been ingrained in us to the point where it might even be difficult to address or change the patterns that simply do not work for you. However, it is important to acknowledge the factors that are disrupt your work life balance and stop you from establishing better habits- 

1. Glorification of long working hours

Your “work ethic” can be highly influenced by your company’s work culture, friend circle, family values, media, etc. There is an increasing trend of normalizing long working hours and glorifying working weekends under the name of ‘self-discipline’. Not only does this lead people to work a lot more but also contributes to being unable to disconnect and experiencing guilt or shame while taking a much deserved break. 

2. Lack of boundaries

The boundaries between work and personal life have become extremely fuzzy over the past 2 years. It can be hard to ‘not bring work home with you’ when you are constantly available through Whatsapp, email, Instagram, and such. It is important to recognise that you are not ‘required’ to be available in your off hours. Remember that if you get a work-related email at 1am next time, you are allowed to ignore it till the beginning of your work day, no matter what the task may be. 

3. Devaluing your emotions

Not getting proper rest can make one feel disconnected, overwhelmed, lonely, sad, weak, etc. It is important to acknowledge your emotional and mental states. All of your emotions are valid and deserve expression.

People often ignore or repress these emotions because “hey, everyone else is also working hard without complaining”, but individual resources and capabilities can be different. Do not compare yourself with others, but rather respect your emotions as they might forewarn you about an upcoming burnout! 


Maintaining a healthy work life balance can be a task. It requires one to be present and connected with self, recognize unhealthy habits and replace them with newer healthy habits. It is important to acknowledge the social narratives to be mindful of the internalized feelings of shame and guilt that often discourage us from taking rest. Use the factors mentioned above to recognize your habits that are keeping you in the cycle of maintaining unhealthy work life balance. 


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