You should consider health your number one priority because if you don’t have it, all the rest is in vain. Think twice before you choose to work extra hours because you can have some serious health problems. Here are some possible consequences of working too much.
If you sit a lot, your health condition can be affected
Nowadays, most of the people work in offices so it’s pretty hard to have any physical activity. The lack of exercise makes you prone to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity or heart diseases. Additionally, people who don’t have to move at work, also prefer to sit at home instead of going to a walk.
You can have cognitive problems
The experts from a study made in 2009 and published in the “American Journal of Epidemiology” claim that people who are in their middle ages and work a lot could suffer a deterioration in their cognitive capabilities or could develop dementia. Therefore, if it’s possible, solve a crossword puzzle or learn to play a musical instrument in your free time. This way, you’ll keep your brain in good condition.
You can suffer from depression
If you spend more than 7 or 8 hours at work, you’re more likely to experience a mental problem like depression. Specialists affirm that the persons who work more than they should, double their risk of depression. Other causes for this condition are the facts that you don’t spend enough time with your family and friends and the absence of physical activity.
You can experience insomnia
A new study was made by “The National Sleep Foundation” regarding the sleeping schedule of a workaholic. The conclusion can surprise you: 20% of the persons who work more than 50 hours per week sleep less than 6 hours. It’s well-know what sleep deprivation can generate heart problems, weight gain, mood swings, etc.
You are overstressed
It’s true that work stresses you a lot. But besides the stress caused by the amount of work you have to do, your colleagues can stress you more with their mean comments. Also, the traffic jam can be considered another stress trigger. The worst part about being stressed all the time is that you can gain or lose weight, the blood pressure is high, your heart health can deteriorate, and your mood and appearance won’t be very pleasing.
As the technology developed, the offices became more modern. Therefore, it’s probable that you use a computer at work. Sitting for hours at a computer causes a lot of problems for your health, especially for your eyes. The fatigue caused by looking at a computer can turn into blurred vision, dry eyes or headaches.
Working a lot can do a lot of damage to your body and mind. Don’t forget to enjoy the little things in life. Sometimes, it’s good to escape from your work routine and go for a walk, climb a mountain, ride a bike.