6 Signs You May Be Working Too Much
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes long days and late nights happen when deadlines come up, but a constant work overload can raise flags with negative signs. If you feel like you are working too much, see if any of these signs fit.
You are snapping at everybody – You may start the day in a good mood, but rapidly become irritated. If everything seems to annoy you and you find yourself repeatedly lashing out, take a break. Take the afternoon off or take a long walk after lunch to let the tension go.
You are sleeping less – If you find it increasingly hard to wind down at the end of the day, take some steps to ease your work schedule and resolve ongoing problems. Then add some quiet time to the evening. Move the TV, smartphone, and laptop out of the bedroom, and add an air filter to create white noise. Keep a regular bedtime and shoot for 7 to 9 hours of rest.
Your weight is changing – If you are rapidly adding pounds or losing weight, take a closer look at what you are eating. You may be mindlessly devouring chips in the afternoon or ordering pizza a lot. Or you may be simply forgetting to eat regular meals as you power through extended work sessions. Make the effort to eat a good breakfast, go out for a healthy lunch and sit down with your family at dinner.
Your work takes a dive – In spite of long hours and a lot of effort, you may find your productivity is lagging. When stress and tiredness take over, it’s easy to make mistakes and fumble projects. Working less hours, getting enough sleep, and taking little breaks will boost your mood and clear your head, helping you get back on track.
Your pulse speeds up – A normal heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. If you feel like your heart is racing, see your doctor for a complete checkup. If you are exhausted and stressed out your body may be increasing blood flow to your brain and your heart. Discuss your workload with your doctor, and consider cutting back on your hours.
Your brain slows down – When you find yourself looking for new ideas, or repeating yourself, you may need to give your brain time to refuel. Read a good book, visit friends, or head outside. As you relax your creativity will return.
If these symptoms fit, or you just feel overloaded, do yourself a favor and ease up. Work a little less and play a little more. Take the time to see friends or spend time with family. As you slow down, everything may look a lot better.
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