Our weekends are not restful and restorative and that causes us to feel stressed and anxious on Saturday and Sunday about the start of the new work week. Specifically, 48% feel unproductive on Monday, while more than half spent the weekend worrying about work, according to a survey conducted by Westin Hotels & Resorts. Blame it on technology. Laptop computers, smartphones and tablets allow us to stay connected to the office day and night, which has impacted our personal lives. Here are some findings from the survey:
- 36% of workers say they feel tired on Monday.
- 52% believe their health and well-being are negatively impacted by work due to lack of exercise, sleep and relaxation.
- 50% say they spend up to three hours working on the weekend, including answering emails and telephone calls.
- 62% say their personal life has been negatively affected by work.
- 45% say work has had a negative impact on family relationships.
- 28% say they have been in the middle of a “romantically special moment” with a partner when work interfered and ruined the moment.
So what can you do to strengthen your work-life balance? WebMD has five tips:
- Build downtime into your schedule.
- Drop activities that sap your time or energy.
- Rethink your household errands and chores, such as ordering groceries online or hiring the kid next door to mow the lawn.
- Get moving! Exercise is not only good for your muscles and bones, but helps you focus.
- A little relaxation goes a long way.