The Ultimate Balancing Act: Work - Life Balance

Posted 5 May '23

The Ultimate Balancing Act: Work - Life Balance

Trying to have the perfect work/life balance can be a cause of stress in itself. If you are feeling the strain of building your business and maintaining your life the good news is that stress and a productive existence can go hand in hand. We aren’t saying you can magically just stop stressing, but you can be mindful and find the balance that’s best for you.

How much stress is good for you?

The Yerkes-Dodson law shows that an individual's performance increases with stress until cortisol levels get too high and then will drops just as sharply - the secret is to stop your stress levels from sending you falling to rock bottom and spiralling out. How much is too much varies for everyone but by understanding and managing your stress levels you can use them for good.

How to manage your stress

  • Take Control - Feeling in control can decrease stress by presenting the stressful tasks as conquerable challenges. Get a handle on your project, your tasks, or your day by breaking them down into achievable goals and deciding what tasks the main priority.
  • Get positive – How you react to stress is key, rather than rushing into a panic and freezing, recognise the quickening of your heart as an opportunity to be more powerful, it makes you more alert and capable!
  • Connect - Social support reduces stress so good relationships in the work environment helps everyone become more resilient to stress. It’s also important to make time for your family and friends outside of work.
  • Exercise - A good workout reduces bad stress and is good for the brain as well as the heart and lungs.
  • Sleep - Poor sleep is bad for stress levels and health so be disciplined about getting a good night’s rest, being exhausted will increase opportunities for further stress and damages productivity.

If work stress is getting too much, talk to us

We can help with managing systems, technology, payroll or other financial and administrative management and help get back on track to find your balance. Contact your WDF team member if you would like to discuss the calculation of your working from home deduction. Phone 02 6921 5444 or email

Amy Reynolds

Cadet Accountant

WDF Accounting and Advisory | Accountants Wagga | Your partners in business

Providing carefully tailored accounting solutions in business advisory, tax compliance, bookkeeping, Self-Managed Super funds, and more.

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