If we want to protect our immediate and future health, we need to do a minimum of thirty minutes of exercise every day. There is ample scientific evidence that proves that regular physical activity is very effective in preventing chronic diseases, depression, and premature death.
You might not understand it now because your body is young and strong, but overworking your system backfires when you’re older and your body’s ability to recover from daily stress and damage reduces. Overworking your brain and not taking proper care of your body will repay you with body aches and poor performance, in your later years.
Researchers found that employees in Europe, Japan, Korea, and China who had more than 50hr workweeks had an increased risk of cerebrocardiovascular diseases and coronary heart diseases.
So to avoid life-threatening health issues in your later years, you need to establish strict restrictions on the number of hours you work in a day.
5. Alcohol and nicotine addiction
Human beings aren’t machines that can keep on working for hours without rest, relaxation, and recreation. To tackle high work pressure and stress, workaholics get into the habit of smoking and drinking, which gives them momentary relief but harms their health severely.
Studies show that alcohol and tobacco are the top causes of preventable deaths in the US.
But research also shows that drinking in moderate amounts prevents heart diseases. Moderation is the key here. As a rule, men should limit themselves to not more than two drinks a day and women (not pregnant) to one drink a day.
6. Regularly working longer than your colleagues
Typically, workaholics will log in before their colleagues and log out way after others are done. In many cases, they log back in after office hours and continue working late into the night. Overworking is one of the most prominent habits of a workaholic.
Do long hours mean more productivity? Studies suggest otherwise. A research carried out by Stanford University shows that there is a sharp drop in productivity for people working longer than 50 hours a week.
Self-care breaks and relaxation boost productivity exerts say.
7. Family time is negligible
“You are never around” Or “I never see you”- do you hear these phrases often? If yes, then it’s time to evaluate your work-life balance. Your personal relationships suffer the most because of your work addiction. Workaholics aren’t able to say “no” to their work and this often leads to missing out on important milestones in their family life, like anniversaries and children’s birthday parties.
Beware, your family will drift away from you if you don’t make time for them.
Being married to your job doesn’t do well for your relationship with your spouse. Soon marital problems begin to surface. Studies show that divorce rates are higher in marriages where one or more partner is a workaholic and children with workaholic parents are more prone to anxiety and depression.
8. No relaxation time
“All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery, and openness to change and flexibility and hinders innovation and invention.”- Joline Godfrey
One of our natural bodily needs is to relax, have fun and just spend some time enjoying and laughing, completely forgetting our problems.
Your work is supposed to give you satisfaction but not at the cost of your comfort. You’ll be amazed at how your mood is uplifted when you spend some time in the ambiance of fun, laughter, and jokes. So make sure you gift yourself that from time to time!