Usually, when people are deciding what type of career they want to have, they think about things like money and location first and foremost, and don’t really mind the rest. Sometimes, it didn’t even matter if they liked the job or not.
However, times are changing. As people start to realize just how important it is to take care of yourself, having a solid work-life balance has surpassed even salary as the largest motivator in career and job selection.
You should be looking for a job that allows you to take care of yourself, have somewhat flexible hours, and not be stressed out all the time. Excess stress is so harmful to your mental and physical health, that it’s not worth the slightly larger paycheck.
Though they may not be as common, there are employers out there who really do care about your health and well-being, and are more willing to allow their employees to focus on their own self-care when they can, and especially when they should.
Making the move to a different job or a different career can be extremely scary, but if it works, you’ll be so much happier, and it’ll be well worth the bit of stress that accompanies changing jobs.
Part of the reason that work-life balance has become such a strong motivator in career paths is that so many people have seen what a poor work-life balance situation does to people. It drives them to be stressed constantly and have all kinds of problems.
You shouldn’t be willing to subject your body and mind to tons of pain and put all kinds of strain on your relationships just because you wanted a slightly larger paycheck. It might seem worth it at the time, but it certainly isn’t in the long run.
As years pass, if you’re stuck in a job you’re unhappy with, problems won’t just stay at the same level. They might be manageable for the first year or so, but as time goes on, unchecked problems only get worse.
You’ll be having physical problems brought on by mental problems, and you might be consistently fighting with your loved ones all the while. This type of life isn’t the one you want, especially when there are such better options out there.
If you haven’t picked a career path yet, consider what type of work-life balance you’ll have at each job you consider. If it’s much better in one than another, keep that in mind as a top priority moving forward.