“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We all know the famous Shining quote, and what happened next – but there’s some truth around how working too much can be bad for both your physical and mental health. We spend so much of our time focusing on work that our health can take a back seat, something that’s got to change. Read more about why working too hard is bad for your health, and what you can do to take care of yourself.
It’s not all about the money
You work hard to pay your bills, look after your family and enjoy the things that life has to offer – but is it worth it when you can’t enjoy it due to ill health? Sure, we work to get money – but your job’s only value shouldn’t just be monetary. A good work/life balance is important to keep your mental health in check and stop you burning out. Rather than ‘thinking about the money,’ think of working as something you do so that you can enjoy yourself – and you won’t be able to do that if you’re stuck in the office for 11 hours a day. Money is important, but it shouldn’t be to the detriment of your health.
It can be counter-productive
You might think that working longer hours will help you get things done, but during how many of those hours are you fully productive? When you’re tired, your brain can lose its focus and once headaches and blurry vision set in – it’s going to make the task at hand ten times harder. Rest is important for higher efficiency at work, so aim to leave at a decent time every day so that you can get the proper break you deserve. On vacation days or weekends you should switch-off completely from work to help you recharge ready for when you return.
It can exacerbate existing health problems
Work can be difficult when you have underlying health problems. From back pain to poor eyesight, working too much can make your problems worse. You need to make any health conditions that could affect your work known to your employer, who can either put supportive measures in place or make them think twice about asking you to stay on for another hour. You may be entitled to more benefits than you might be aware of, and even suffering from arthritis can qualify for disability. Make an appointment with your occupational nurse or your own doctor to see what measure you should take to protect your health at work.
Working too hard causes stress and weakens your immune system – things which can actually stop you from working. Rather than running yourself into the ground, take advice from this article on avoiding the entrepreneurial lurgee. Working too hard will not only have an effect on your health but your work performance, so remember to take the breaks you deserve to help you keep your life on track.