When Your Personal Life is in Crisis

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kim Dahlgren in Life After Five
Focusing on your work can be difficult when your personal relationships are in turmoil. We all encounter tough parts of our lives when our career has to be placed on the back burner, whether it’s for parents, kids, or a significant other. However, both our job and our personal life are crucial aspects of our identity and well-being, and maintaining a healthy balance is important to living a fulfilling life. Place too much importance on either one, and you run the risk of losing the other. If you’re struggling in your personal life right now and work is the last thing you want to deal with, worry no more.

Allow Yourself “Worry Time”

If you try to sweep something under the rug or don’t allow yourself to properly digest a hard situation, you can end up in worse mental shape later. If you need to take a day off, do so. Let yourself worry, cry, relax; do whatever it is you need to acknowledge what’s going on in your life. If you’re the type of person who needs to tackle things head on, go for it! Just make sure that when your “worry time” is over, you’re ready to get back at it.

Ask For Help

We women don’t do this often enough. When the going gets tough, turn to your friends, family, or coworkers for extra help. Each relationship can afford you a different type of support; your best friend can lend an ear to listen to your problem, while your office buddy may be able to take on some of your work load. Be sure that when the time comes for you to return the favor, you’re there for them with open arms.

Make Work a Welcome Distraction

Dive headfirst into whatever you’re working on now, whether that be at the office or your passion project. Sometimes work offers us a welcome distraction when we have negativity in other parts of our life. Check your feelings at the door and rock that presentation; you may gain some points with the boss and get a much needed self-confidence boost.

We all go through periods of time where dealing with work when our personal life is in crisis seems impossible. Yet, this unavoidable situation can be dealt with and handled efficiently to get you back on your feet and more successful than ever.


About the Author

Kim Dahlgren

Kim is a current undergrad student, as well as an Entertainment Reporter in the Los Angeles area. Founder of CakeandClass.Com.