Achieve Work-Life Balance and Live Your Best Life in High River
The desire for work-life balance is at an all-time high, but the number of people who achieve it
seems to be at an all-time low. Why is work-life balance so elusive to so many?
58% of Canadians report “overload” as a result of the pressures associated
with work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer
and community service.
Increased responsibilities and competing demands of career, personal lives, children and family are the main culprits, with technology being another major challenge by making us “available” 24/7. Forbes also reported that 94% of professionals stated they work more than 50 hours per week!
The toll all of this takes becomes especially concerning when we consider the many studies that have shown the immense physical and mental toll of chronic stress or stress-related illnesses, including high blood pressure, heart disease, decreased immune response, anxiety and depression.
Time is one of the most valuable resource we have in life.
Unfortunately, it is non-renewable.
5 OF THE BEST WAYS TO ACHIEVE WORK-LIFE BALANCE:
Introducing a change into our lives can seem difficult, and it is something that everyone—employers, employees, parents, entrepreneurs—needs support with. One of the first steps in creating balance is deciding what the “life” side of the equation means to you, whether it’s getting involved in the community or participating in local activities and events with your family.
Make Your Own Path
Time Magazine reported that 21% of career changes are made to improve work-life balance. Change makers can build the life they want in High River. The community is built on strong entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, and the Town offers ongoing support to business —such as 0% business tax and free business licenses for entrepreneurs under 25.
A growing trend is the desire for workplace flexibility, which encourages work-life balance. Stats Canada found that 79% of employees with a flexible work schedule reported a higher level of satisfaction with their work-life balance. High River encourages work-life balance and productivity through coworking opportunities and flexible land use bylaws that make running a home-based business a viable option.
24/7 internet access makes it easy for the work day to extend well past 5 pm. Allow yourself time to disconnect and unwind, which reduces stress and benefits your physical and mental wellbeing. High River residents visit the Highwood River and vast accompanying green space, which offers sport fishing, tubing, swimming, hiking, camping, golf and peaceful relaxation to achieve work-life balance. You can find some ideas here.
Shorten Your Commute
The average Canadian commuter spends 234 hours per year (9.8 days) driving to and from work. This is far more than the 150 hours per year that is considered that maximum travel time to ensure work-life balance. People in High River also tend to work in High River, and a 5-minute commute leaves more time for life.
Consider High River
High River fosters an environment where work-life balance is valued and achievable. Creating a healthy and happy population is of utmost importance for the community, and the Town encourages residents to discover what their work-life balance looks like.
Did you know?
- High River is now one of most flood-protected communities in the country
- High River ranked in Canadian Business and Profit Magazine’s Top Five Places To Do Business
- High River ranked as one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Cities by Money Sense Magazine
- High River ranked as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in Canada by Money Sense Magazine