Too much work
Working overtime has become the norm for most people. Unfortunately, it can have extremely negative impacts on your health, happiness and overall quality of life.
How many hours per week do you typically spend working? Do you find yourself stressed out the majority of the time and wishing that there were just more hours in the day?
If so, you’re being overworked. It’s time to start putting yourself first and your job second. We talk with experts on stress management and how being overworked can have serious health consequences.
Let’s look at the facts…
Source: Tony Schwartz, "How Well Are You Managing Your Energy?"
The effects of overworking
When you’re overworked, you’re overtired. When you’re overtired, you rely more on caffeine to get you through the day, you tend to make unhealthy food choices and working out becomes a thing of the past. You become irritable, your immune system weakens and you tend to stop enjoying life. You may react negatively to your family or coworkers, leading to more stress and anxiety. Eventually, you may become depressed.
Schedule an 'adult timeout'
Health expert Amy Jo Martin, CEO of Digital Royalty, has learned to manage stress in her life. A little more than a year ago, she had 15 back-to-back meetings and was simply in "survival mode." A thoughtful colleague saw an 8-minute window in her calendar and scheduled her an "adult timeout," or a "Ready, Set, Pause." She spent her 8 minutes relaxing and listening to a few songs. It helped her recharge, refresh and feel more productive. She now schedules a "Ready, Set, Pause" meeting daily—helping her stay calm and feel less stressed instantly.
Note: It doesn’t matter how you rest; the importance lies in the fact that you’re resting! The only rule is there can’t be any distractions — no phones, computers or outside conversations. You need to be present in the moment. Remember, sometimes you have to slow down in order to speed up.
Amy Jo Martin's ideas for things to do in those 8 minutes:
Tips for controlling your work schedule and not overworking
Sure, every once in a while you’re going to have to work long hours to get a project done. That’s totally fine, but it should never be the norm. To start taking control of your work life and reducing stress, use the following tips:
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