Most people know when their work/life balance is … well … out of balance. For others, however, it's not always so obvious. Especially if you have your head down while you power through a massive project, you could easily suffer from the kind of tunnel vision that makes it easy to empty your gas tank unnoticed.
If that's you, you need to pay attention to the physical symptoms your body exhibits when it's under too much stress, says Forbes.com contributor Rachel Ritlop.
One such symptom, for instance, is constant pain. "Suffering from chronic headaches or neck and shoulder pain is often a sign that you're living in a constant state of strain. It means that it's time to step up your self-care routine," Ritlop says. "Draw yourself a bath at night, make time for that hot shower in the morning, and get an oil diffuser in your office to disperse tension-relieving aromas or treat yourself to a spa day. The pain you're experiencing is your body's way of telling you it needs a break and some attention."
A messy desk is another telltale sign. "A messy external space often overloads the brain and leads to burnout," Ritlop continues. "Get into the habit of cleaning your desk every day before leaving the office and picking up a few pieces of clothing from the floor before leaving your house in the morning to help calm your mind and rebalance."
If you keep watch for the appropriate signs and symptoms, you'll be able to identify when the scales have tipped the wrong way and make the necessary adjustments to recalibrate them.