Did you work late last night? How about the night before? Maybe you’ve spent the last week glued to a textbook, cramming for the exam you’re expecting in your summer course. I’d be lying if I said I’d never been there: spending extra hours at the office, or worse, bringing work home with you to get ahead. There’s nothing wrong with being an overachiever — that is, until overachieving takes over your life. Figuring out how to find balance in your life when adult responsibilities pile on — like looming deadlines and earning class credit — is always important. Of course, no one can fault you for putting in the extra work, but you need to make sure you’re experiencing other parts of life, too, if for nothing else but peace of mind.
I feel like we can thank social media influencers for taking a word like “balance” and redefining it to mean so much more than a physical equilibrium. I know myself, and when I think of “balance,” I think of my favorite wellness bloggers, like Balance With B and Kalyn Nicholson, who encourage their followers to both literally and figuratively stay grounded in all aspects of life, including the foods they eat, and the wellness routines they follow. Having a goal to ~find balance in life~ is kind of trendy at the moment, but on a serious note, it’s definitely something we should all be striving for regardless, because putting too much focus on one area of life could negatively affect your health if you don’t catch on.
If you don’t believe in putting such an emphasis on work-life balance, get this: CNN reports that new research, published in the journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, shows that overworked women have a higher risk for developing diabetes. In other words, women who dedicate more time to their career than, say, to spending time with family, are potentially more likely to deal with health issues like diabetes later in life. The study looked at over 7,000 Canadians over the course of 12 years, and the researchers found that women who regularly work 45 hours or more per week had a whopping 63 percent greater risk of developing diabetes than those who only clock in 35 to 40 hours per week. See, science doesn’t lie, my friend, and those statistics are pretty scary, if you ask me.
Listen, I understand it can be hard to juggle work, school, friends, family, and even self-care, but clearly, this isn't just some pseudo-trend that sounds good on Instagram. Finding balance in your life is not only healthy, it's necessary, so here are a few steps you can take to help you get there.