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The Dangers of Overworking

By Stepy Kamei

It's a wonderful thing if you truly love the work you do. It can make the time pass faster while you toil away and leave you feeling a sense of pride, accomplishment, and purpose. Whether you truly enjoy your work or you're still trying to find the perfect job, it's crucial to your overall health and wellness that you don't allow your work to take over your life. The concept of "work-life balance" exists for a reason -- it's absolutely vital to abide by this in order to prevent potential health issues from occurring as a result of working too hard for too long. Once you learn more about the true dangers of overworking, you may be more inclined to slow down your pace. Fortunately, there are methods you can follow in order to keep the balance.

Why We Work Too Much

For starters, it's important to acknowledge that many other cultures around the world have successfully learned how to avoid overwork. Mediterranean cultures, including the Italians and the Greeks, are renowned as having some of the most physically and mentally healthy people in the world -- and their attitudes toward working and resting have something to do with it. These cultures take pride in their work, but more importantly, they know not to make it their whole life's focus.

Conversely, cultures including that of the United States tend to place a strong emphasis on working incessantly, outperforming your peers, and pushing yourself to the top of your field. There's nothing inherently wrong with ambition; however, prioritizing your job in favor of your health, your family and friends, and rest, can have very negative consequences in the long run.

Classic Signs and Dangers of Overwork

Burnout, stress, and fatigue are some of the most common symptoms of someone who has worked too hard for too long. If you find yourself moodier than usual, more irritable and pessimistic in general (but especially about work), or having a hard time sleeping, you may be a victim of burnout.

Finding the Balance

As difficult as it may be due to our culture's insistence on working incessantly, it really is the best thing for your health to focus on finding a balance between work and other aspects of your life. Remind yourself that if you work too hard for too long, you will eventually burn out. There's no need to feel guilty or like you'll fall behind for taking a day to rest, or choosing to grab dinner with a friend rather than stay late at the office. You can always talk with a professional counselor or healthcare provider if you're having trouble setting up a proper work-life balance.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Flowery Branch, Ga.  

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