Can we ever achieve the perfect “work-life balance”? Maybe, but only with compromises. In any case, your priorities will shift as time goes by, so you need to keep reviewing your needs as your circumstances change.

Many people find themselves struggling to balance earning a living, being part of a family, and following their dreams. The ideal is for these things to support each other, but this can be hard to achieve.

Work and life

A concept psychologists have studied in recent years is that of “role accumulation”—that is, how we have to manage being different selves in different situations, such as home and work. Depending on how we handle ...

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