Document Type : Original Articles


1 occupational therapy department, Iran University of Medical sciences, Teharn, Iran

2 Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Bioinformatics and Computational Biology research center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

4 Occupational Therapy program, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

5 occupational therapy department, School of rehabilitation, Shahid Beheshti medical science university, Tehran , Iran.



Background: This study was designed to discover the "life balance" during the COVID-19 physical isolation in Iran (the year 2020).
Methods: In a cross-sectional design, 403 participants accomplished the internet-based "Life Balance Inventory (LBI)" with five subscales including; health; relationship; identity; challenging/interesting activity, and daily activities. Data were analyzed by SPSS 21 and a significant level under 0.05 was considered. It was taken advantage of descriptive statistics, t-test, and one-way ANOVA.
Results: The total mean score of LBI was 1.51+_0.38(unbalanced).The score of 52.6%  of participants was 0.6-1.5 (very unbalanced),it was 1-1.5 (unbalanced ) for  37.7% of participants,  for 8% of participants was 2-2.5(moderately balanced) and finally for 1.7%participants was 2.5-3( very balanced). Significant relationships were found between LBI and gender (P=0.001), chronic comorbidity (P-value =0.029), Job (P-value=0.044). The health subscale had no statistical difference according to the demographic factors. Males showed more life balance in their daily activity including driving and social transportation (p=0/001). Married participants and those with the age of more than 40 years old showed more balance in the relationship subscale (p-value=0/001). Teachers and faculty members disclosed more balance in identity (p=0.014) and relationship (p=.0/001). Participants with higher income revealed more life balance in the challenge/interesting subscale (p=0.033).
Conclusion: The results imposed that participants experienced an unbalance lifestyle during the early phase of COVID 19 isolation.