Occupationalbalance is a situation in which an individual can maintain equalproportions of work and non-work activities. The modern times haveled to an over focus on paid employment. Consequently, leisure isviewed as the opposite of work as opposed to a complementary activityrequired to improve people’s work life (Wilcock, & Hocking,2015).
Childrenyounger than fifteen years of age are not part of the workforce inthe United States. Besides, the law requires that all workingchildren attend school for at least three months in a year. Thechildren are allowed to work for a maximum of 10 hours per day. Asper a report in 2009, children serving as farm workers in the UnitedStates do not lead a balanced lifestyle. First, they work for morethan 10 hours a day. Besides, they are exposed to dangerouspesticides and experience a high rate of injury. Specifically, theysuffer injuries at five times the rate of similar working youth(Wilcock, & Hocking, 2015).
Thevarious aspects of life that support health include first, physicalbalance. It is achieved through healthy eating patterns, exercise andother physical activities. Second is the intellectual balance thatentails acquiring and understanding the knowledge about an individualand the community. The third is the spiritual balance that entailsfinding the meaning behind the various activities and aspects ofhuman existence. Third is the emotional balance that entails theknowledge of the factors behind true happiness and unhappiness. Finally is the financial balance. It entails living within anindividual’s means and the ability to prepare for the unexpectedand the future (Wilcock, & Hocking, 2015).
Thekey similarities entail the prerequisite aspects of a healthy life.The lack of balance results in burnout stress linked to illness.Physical activity aids to increase health and cognitive function. Thedifferences encompass the consequences of boredom. It forcesindividuals to engage in health risk behaviors such as smoking,alcohol and drug abuse (Wilcock, & Hocking, 2015).
Wilcock, A.,& Hocking, C. (2015). Dominant Concepts and ContemporaryPriorities. In AnOccupational Perspective of Health. (Thirded.). Thorofare, New Jersey: SLACK Incorporated.