Are You Working Too Hard?

IN Europe, Canada and the United States the answer is the same. People throughout the world are all stressed out. One source indicated that globalization, new technology and the pressures of the work force have caused millions to be labeled as overworked. The same source concluded “people are just plain stressed out because they are working too hard.”

When we analyze this data, the evidence shows that among European workers 6 out of every 10 suffer from stress. Among Canadians 2 out of every 3 find it difficult to balance family life and work. And among those employed in the United States 1 out of every 3 feel chronically over worked. In conclusion the study showed that over 600 million workers or 22% of the global work force spend more than 48 hours a week on the job. Information contained in that same study link long hours and irregular work hours with bad health.

Be that as it may, in the last five years, we have seen an increase in the hard economic times and therefore those working are now more concerned with having a regular job that will guarantee sufficient income to cover the basic needs. Remaining employed however is not easy when thousands are being laid off and unemployment is at its highest, little wonder those working have to put in so many hours and work so hard.

Working long hours without proper rest and or recreation can rob you of many joys in life and can also lead to serious health issues. Chronic over work can lead to several health problems which are linked to alcoholism, heart disease, anxiety, and bouts of serious depression. Needless to say, working too hard can also be deadly.

Lamenting on her situation, one woman in the United Kingdom said “Work gets most of my energy and the kids get what’s left.” Studies in the United States have shown that 1 in every 5 teenagers polled express concerns of not spending enough time with their parents. Another study pointed to the fact on average duel income couples talk to each other on average only 12 minutes a day. In addition many families struggle to cover they monthly expenses, family heads are holding down two jobs just to get by and in other families both spouses are out working leaving the children with relatives or in Day Care facilities. Could this be an indication that you are working too hard?

What Can Help You?

You may need to examine your priorities and make changes. Remember not to forsake the joys of family life by placing too much emphasis on work, strike a balance. Schedule time for regular family recreation and exercise; maintain a balance diet which includes fresh fruits and lots of water.

Take Care of the Basic Body Needs: Get adequate rest to allow your brain to send signals to carry out repairs to your body this is done when you are sleeping to many people spend time battling with the demands of modern life and do not get enough rest. Studies have shown that sleep is essential to good health which brings tremendous benefits to our long term memory and our moods. Do not think that sleeping is practicing death that was my view when I was young, you will pay the price as you get older. Seven or eight hours are good more if possible.

The experts recommend that you should have a consistent exercise program and include both cardio and weight training in you exercise routine. They also maintain that there is no substitute for exercise in any serious health program.  So if you are working hard putting in 40 to 48 hours a week the very best way to achieve longevity without jeopardizing your health is to have a proper nutrition and exercise program.