Are you tired of working all day? Are you experiencing problems in your family due to high work pressure? Are you facing health issues both physically and mentally due to working long hours? Then this is the place for you to look into for balancing all these eventually.
We all know that:
“Too much of anything is good for nothing”.
The same is applicable even in our professional activities. It may be useful for both the employee and the company in one other way. But still, it is not advisable for a healthy and sound life.
In today’s world, technology has progressed a lot, and with this, people are connected irrespective of their race, social status, etc., with each other at their fingertips. In this way, technology has taken us ahead. But still, it is a bane for many people in this modern world.
For instance, let us assume that you’re in a higher position in a leading corporate company. You’re currently facing certain health issues. So, you wish to avail sick leave for a couple of days. On those days, it was easy to get a sick leave to be approved. But, nowadays the management comes with a number of options like working from home, working for two straight shifts, etc. This is just an example. But most of the people in today’s world are running behind short of time to complete their work and are most probably working overtime.
Is it good for your health?
Working long hours rarely in a week is fine. But working overtime on a regular basis is neither good for your mind, nor your body as well as the soul. Whether you are working in an office or at home, you need to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
What are the major health issues that can be caused and affected due to working overtime for a long period?
Major cardiac arrests and stroke are occurred due to the overload of work.
Working long hours will lead the individual to undergo a lot of stress.
Sitting/standing in a place for long hours might result in back pain and increase the chances of chronic disorders.
Concentrating continuously on the same work for a long time will cause mental depression.
Remaining in the same posture for hours may result in weight gain.
Working overtime might be a cause of infertility in women.
Computer screen produces certain rays that are injurious and induces eye problem.
Always thinking about the job will make you sleepless at nights or result in insomnia.
Let us look at some of the interesting statistics related to the above-discussed points in brief:
Cardiac Arrests / Heart Disease:
A Finnish study in 2011 states that:
“The risks of heart attacks went up to 67 percent for people who worked for 11 hours a day.”
According to the survey conducted by the World Health Organisation, the most stressed out country is America. The stress is caused due to the increase in the levels of a hormone named ‘cortisol’ which occupies and disturbs both the body and the brain consequently.
Infertility in women:
Studies have shown that fertility rates in women lower as they are working by sitting idle on their desk for hours.
Looking on to computers for long hours makes way in for numerous eye troubles. That is the reason why most of the people working in corporate firms in the global world wear power glasses.
A piece in Harvard business review published in 2007 states that an extreme worker frequently suffers from insomnia.
Through these statements, it is very clear that working overtime is injurious to health.
Relaxation techniques to be followed to avoid health issues while working long hours:
Running behind money and work will not lead to a healthy life. But, still, it is necessary to work on many compelling situations. Don’t worry! There are ways to handle the work blissfully and healthily. Some of them are as mentioned below:
Take breaks at regular intervals.
Maintain a healthy diet and avoid junk foods.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Change your postures more often.
Exercise to rejuvenate your body physically.
Don’t control your sleep too much.
Wear reading glasses when working with a computer.
Avoid the intake of caffeine in larger quantities as it can result in gastrointestinal problems.
These techniques can help you in staying healthy while working for longer hours. But still, don’t ever take the risk of working seven days a week with regular overtime. Earning money can be succeeded through working continuously. But, please, do spend time with your family; rest yourself for a peaceful, healthy, blissful and a sound life.
It is essential to take care of your mental and physical health altogether.
“Future is always at a distance; never miss the present by dreaming about the future.”
Fulfillment of one’s life mainly depends on the well-being of his/her body, mind and also the soul. Maintaining your body fit, balancing your mind with no stress and keeping your soul happy is the best way to progress a healthy and wealthy life. Never forget that
“Health is Wealth”.