The teeter-totter that is the delicate balance between work and home life can easily tilt in either direction.
Some people, particularly those who are driven by the need to shine and inherently cross every t and dot every i, getting work back home can eat into the limited quality time they spend with their family or partner, and essential domestic activities and household chores are left undone.
Sometimes, home-life stress, like the stress of care-giving a child, or parent, makes for deadline misses, or punctuality issues at work.
These “spills” of one area leaking into another primarily affect the person who’s job and home-life it is. But, sometimes the problem grows and, like a propagating plant, it creates crossover, affecting both workmates and family members.
These situations are not easy. Balance and separation of the two biggest life areas is hard. Fortunately, positive events can also spill and create crossover too.
- Everyone can get stressed out at work – it’s just part of living in today’s fast-paced world.
- But, when you bring that stress home with you, it can begin to affect all parts of your life at home as well.
- In order to avoid mixing work stress with personal relationships, set some barriers and take some basic steps to separate the two.
“If you have noticed that the challenges you face at work seem to be impacting your relationship at home, there is a model to help you make sense of why and how this happens.”