There are two types of people in this world. The ones that are living, and those that are merely existing. If you consider yourself really living, then good for you. Bravo. But if you’re unhappy with where you’re at in life—working a job you absolutely hate, and not living in your peak condition—then we’ve got a problem here, bro.

The thing is, most of us don’t realize that having a work-life balance is something we deserve—we all think that we need to work, work, work first, and once we’ve earned all that money (which can take months or years, but only days to spend), we can start living. Sometimes we get so consumed with the hustle and desire to get ahead in life that we fail to see what we’re losing in the process: our relationships, health, time, meaningful experiences and so much more. As the saying goes, “we work to live, not live to work,” and if you see yourself doing the latter, it may be time to make some changes. So here’s why you should start creating a balance in your life:

1. Health is the ultimate wealth

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You can have all the snazziest threads, the hottest car on the market or an apartment with the sickest view of the city, but if you’re not physically able to do anything and basically dying from sickness, then what’s the point of it all? Not to say that working hard to attain success is not a good thing—in fact, it’s an admirable goal—but is it worth sacrificing your health for?

I say give it your all as soon as you set foot in your workplace, but learn to set boundaries when you’re off work. The truly successful people are smart about their wellness—they give utmost importance to their health and fitness because they know their bodies are their investment. So see to it that you make time in your day to hit the gym, or jog in the park or simply do some stretching. You’ll need to be in top shape to be able to rule the world.

2. New experiences are good for the soul

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Are you stuck in a rut and it’s starting to mess with your head? Do you feel like you could do so much more in life, but never have the chance to do so because you’re busy conforming to the scheme life has programmed you to follow for the rest of your life? Identifying this crisis is already half the battle—what you do after realizing this is completely up to you.

If you just allow yourself to experience new things every once in a while, you make room for growth in all aspects of life. Learning a new sport or a workout routine may help you reconnect with your love for fitness—something you may have lost along the way—and develop physical strength. Learning a new skill not only makes you more equipped, it’s also a great way to de-stress your mind and channel your energy to things that make you better. Constantly doing things you’ve never done before is the key to personal development and staying young, and us men want to have everlasting youth, don’t we?

3. Quality relationships deserve nurturing

When life presents us opportunities (a.k.a. work) that let us earn big bucks, who are we not to grab them, right? Trust me, I get it. And without “marrying” our jobs, we feel less deserving of those $$$—so we turn into work-obsessed fools. But how about the birthday of your loved one that you missed? Not coming home to see your family for Christmas for years? Or simply not being able to help a friend in need? If you think your riches are far more important than your relationships, just wait till you lose all of them and you’re left with nothing but yourself and no one by your side.

4. Life on Earth is short

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This is self-explanatory. We are all living on borrowed time, and it would be a shame not to make the most out of life because we’re busy drowning ourselves in unfulfilling work and chasing after the wrong things in life.

My advice? Travel. Go see the world. Slow down and take a break. Be there for the people you love. Be present and live in the moment. Do all these before it’s too late. Be kinder to yourself— you’ve only got you when you leave this world.

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