Why is sleep important? Well, we all know how important a good night's sleep is to both our mental and physical health. We've heard it time and again that we should be getting eight hours of sleep a night...which amounts to sleeping away a third of our lives. When we were young and our day-to-day responsibilities were a fraction of what they are in our adult lives, we could log 12 hours of sleep and not think twice. Occasionally, we might have had to sacrifice some of those hours to catch up on school work. Then when the weekend came around, lunch would quickly turn into breakfast...but that couldn't last.
The Benefits of Hobbies
Several times over now, I’ve mentioned my hobbies. But I want to offer a bit more of a detailed explanation for their importance. When I was in sixth grade, my grandparents, on a whim, bought me a guitar for Christmas, and that gift changed my life. (Again, notice how individual actions can be massively impactful for other individuals, if not for the whole world). Ever since then, I’ve been in and out of various bands, most of them metal or some variant thereof. I’ve loved every minute of it, having the chance to give musical expression to my thoughts and feelings while creating something with and for other people to enjoy.
Work Burnout is used to describe the mental collapse that accompanies becoming exhausted performing specific tasks or jobs, commonly to a point where you no longer feel passion and/or a desire to perform anymore. I have worked in the Information Technology space for 16+ years as everything from cable tech to IT Director before becoming a full time developer. I have seen a number of people burn out and switch careers, giving up their comfortable salaries to do something, anything, that doesn't involve computers.
Work Life - Greatest Source of Stress
Surprise, surprise - as if you hadn't already guessed. According to Steve L. Sauter of the Nation Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the workplace has become the single greatest source of stress. This is exactly what a healthy work life balance can alleviate if executed correctly.