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Balance of work and home life is vital to keeping stress at bay

Hatcher said maintaining balance between personal and work life is vital to mental health and productivity at both work and home / Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- April is Stress Awareness Month and in a recent study, Georgia ranks 12th in the nation for stress relating to hours worked.

Jessica Hatcher at Coliseum's Center for Behavioral Health said that smartphones and the culture created through social media has made it harder to keep work at work.

Hatcher said maintaining balance between personal and work life is vital to mental health and productivity at both work and home. But she said that in this day and age, our constant accessibility can make it tough.

"Our social media appetite has created a culture that we are supposed to be accessible and know everything, all the time," Hatcher said. "This has permeated our work culture now in the sense that we have to be available and on 24/7."

Hatcher suggests doing these three things: Knowing expectations from your employer for your days off, prioritizing and setting and sticking to boundaries.

She encourages employees to have a conversation about expectations from their bosses, knowing what can wait until the next work day and creating boundaries about how you will respond if contacted on your off days.

She said the best way to do this is to make a list of how you spend your time at and outside of work. She said that it is like taking an inventory and that once you do that, determine the gaps and where that balance may have some trouble then make plans to fix those areas, whether it is spending more time outdoors or picking up an old hobby.

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