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Dr Sophie Ann Bafunno-Clifton

Balancing work and wellbeing: Strategies for maintaining mental health in a busy world

In today’s fast-paced world, balancing work demands with personal wellbeing can often seem like an uphill battle. As a psychologist, I’ve observed how the pressures of professional life can significantly impact mental health. However, with the right strategies, it’s possible to maintain a healthy balance, ensuring both career success and personal wellbeing.

Understanding the work-wellbeing equation

The key to balancing work and wellbeing lies in understanding that both are not mutually exclusive but are interdependent. High stress levels at work can lead to burnout, affecting personal life, while poor mental health can decrease work efficiency. Take James, a high-flying executive, whose constant work stress began to affect his sleep and family life. It was only when he acknowledged the importance of his mental health that he could find a balance.

Practical strategies for a balanced life

Set clear boundaries

Establishing clear boundaries between work and personal life is crucial. This means setting specific work hours and sticking to them, and not letting work spill over into your personal time. For instance, Sarah, a remote worker, designated a specific area in her home for work and set strict work hours, which significantly improved her work-life balance. She also ensured that she had a separate personal and work phone.

Prioritise self-care

Self-care is not a luxury but a necessity for maintaining mental health. This includes adequate sleep, regular exercise, and healthy eating. Remember, taking care of yourself is not selfish; it’s essential for your wellbeing and productivity.

Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques

Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can be incredibly effective in managing work-related stress. Even a few minutes a day can make a significant difference in your mental state.

Seek support when needed

Don’t hesitate to seek support, whether from colleagues, friends, family, or mental health professionals. Talking about your challenges can provide relief and open up avenues for support and solutions.

Manage time effectively

Good time management can reduce work-related stress. Prioritise tasks, set realistic deadlines, and take breaks to avoid burnout. Tools like time-blocking can be highly effective in managing your workday.

Cultivate a supportive work environment

If possible, create or seek a work environment that values mental health. This could mean advocating for mental health days, seeking flexibility in your work schedule, or simply having an open dialogue about mental health in the workplace.


Balancing work and wellbeing is essential for a fulfilling life. By setting boundaries, prioritising self-care, practicing mindfulness, seeking support, managing time effectively, and fostering a supportive work environment, it’s possible to maintain mental health in today’s busy world. Remember, your wellbeing is the foundation upon which your professional success is built. Prioritise it, and you’ll be paving the way for a healthier, happier life.

How Brain Matters can help you further

If the topics discussed in our articles resonate with you and you’re seeking a deeper understanding or specialised assistance, we are here to assist. We recognise that each person’s journey is distinct, and we’re dedicated to providing bespoke support tailored to your individual needs.

Dr Sophie Ann Clifton

Dr Sophie Ann Clifton

Chartered Clinical Psychologist
ASD assessor, EMDR Therapist

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