My answer to What are the best jobs for a good work life balance?
Answer by Ken Larson:
The job is not the answer to your question.
Work life balance is achieved by considering a larger spectrum that includes physical, mental and emotional health factors outside of work that assist us in managing the stress of work.
I have learned the very hard way over several decades that mind/body balance is key in managing stress and its aftereffects as well as managing expectations.
The human physiology has not evolved to match the pace at which we live today and the technology available to us. Gadgets (or "Gadget" programs) for fitness are a fad, cost money and supply relatively little value. They espouse the quick and easy because that is what sells. Diet programs are the same.
The following 4 basics are suggested for starters. They can be efficiently achieved but not quickly and for many not easily. But they are monumentally worth the investment. Like many other challenges they require management and must be synchronous with the other elements of our life.
1. Realign a long walk with problem solving and family time to have a clear horizon and put mind and body in sync. Our bodies still require moderate exercise to function because we have not yet evolved out of your "Hunter/Gatherer/Fight/Flight" physiology.
2. Develop habits that permit the subliminal mind to work while the body rests as least 7 hours a day with sleep.
3. The human body needs a mix of lean meat and vegetables. The artificial junk clogs us up and wears us down.
4. Manage expectations – those others have for us and those we have for ourselves. We are sensitive and vulnerable creatures, designed in a complex and vastly varying ways. The pace of life these days requires cultivation of expectation management and everyone must evolve their own unique form of that art.