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3 Signs You're Working Too Hard

By Genevieve Cunningham

Working is a necessity of life. It's important, and we all have to do it. And since our jobs are our livelihood -- how we survive in the world -- it's important to give it our best effort and work hard. But there is such a thing as too much work. It seems more and more people are considered workaholics, working long hours and never really taking adequate breaks. While this may seem like the thing to do in order to get ahead, it's actually bad for our mental and physical health. If you think you may be spending a little too much time at work, take a look at these signs that you're working too hard and need a break sooner rather than later. 

Frequent Headaches

When we work too much, the body and mind become stressed. And when stress takes over, we experience headaches. If you've noticed headaches are popping up more frequently, you may need to take a breather. This will give you a chance to unwind from the stress and hopefully nip the headaches in the bud. 

The Urge to Work More

Workaholics always feel like they should be working more. If they work a regular day -- eight hours -- then they have the urge to put in just a few more hours. It's never enough. If this is you, you really need to take a break. Force yourself. This urge is good at certain times -- when a big deadline is approaching or when you're working toward a promotion. But on an everyday basis, you have to believe that what you're doing is enough. 

Mental or Emotional Distress

When work becomes your whole life, you're more likely to experience a feeling of distress when you're not working. Anytime you're supposed to be at home or resting, you'll feel seriously anxious. The cure is to go to work, so that's what you do, and the cycle continues. But getting your urge to work under control also works. Getting your mind to believe that play is just as important as work makes that feeling dissipate. Take time off regularly, and eventually that anxious feeling will fade. 

It's important to work hard. It's important to give it your all and do your very best job while on the clock. But it's also important to go home and rest! Take note of your working and resting habits, and kick those workaholic tendencies to the curb for better health and a higher quality of life. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, Calif.

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