Is your work/life balance a little wonky?


28% of men said if they could reduce their work hours, their relationship with their family would improve.

We sometimes think we can handle everything thrown at us – including the kitchen sink. We're supposed to be businessmen, handymen, fitness fanatics, domestic gods and the perfect partner. It's pretty much guaranteed that the week you're handed some important work deadline is the same week the in-laws visit, your partner gets sick and the boiler blows up. If it's all starting to get a bit much and you don't feel like you're getting any time for yourself, it's probably time to start making some changes.

Well done, you.

Sounds like you've got everything under control, so just keep doing your thing. If anything changes, make sure you check out the advice via the links on the right.

You can always call us on 0300 100 1234 and take our Relationship Checker to see how things are going. Or why not check out some of the other areas we might be able to help you with here.

Common problems

A busy week isn't necessarily a problem. But trying to balance too many things can lead to stress, which can lead to something more serious.

If you're experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, sleeplessness or just feeling pretty rubbish, it's worth taking stock and having some time out. These things won't get better on their own, so give your GP a call or get in touch with us for a confidential chat on 0300 100 1234.

Be realistic

Be realistic about how much you can do. If your job is demanding, your house needs renovating and you've just had a kid, you probably can't hit the gym five times a week. No one will sue you.


What is important?

Work out what's most important and put that at the top of your list. Don't beat yourself up if you don't get everything done.


Make a schedule

Schedule in the stuff that matters. Whether that's date night with your other half, spending Saturday with the kids, or a night in by yourself with a cold one, schedule it in and then stick to it. Treat it like a work meeting. If it's in the diary, it's got to happen.


All work and no play

Man cannot live on work alone. If all you do is work, work, work, that's all you'll end up with. Make time for the people and things that matter to you.


Make more time

Give yourself more time to do stuff. Does that DIY really have to be done this weekend? Would it be better to spend that time relaxing
with your other half, catching up with mates or just chilling out on
your own?


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Other helpful stuff

If there's anything still playing on your mind, why not call us for a completely confidential chat on 0300 100 1234 or use our free
Live Chat service. You can also find out about a one-off Relationship Check-up service available at your local Relate Centre, created with men in mind.