You may have heard of work burnout. It can be quite stressful to maintain the balance between work and other areas in your life. Unfortunately, that imbalance may be debilitating in several ways.
How do I know if I have an unhealthy balance between work and my life?
If your work-life balance seems unhealthy, there are some signs to watch out for. Here is a list of some of those symptoms.
- Worries about work quality
- Losing the importance of mental health
- Work doesn’t feel valuable
- Trouble setting limits between work and life at home
Consequences of overworking
Overworking may impact your body if you’re not taking care of yourself. It is important for you to know the negative effects of working too much. So what are those effects?
If you’re not getting enough sleep, this is a bad sign that you’re overworking. Getting restful sleep allows your body to feel refreshed by restoring your mental and physical energy levels. With that said, it’s best if you build a healthy sleep schedule to avoid feeling overworked.
You skip on eating
It may be easy to get carried away working to the point of not eating. This is bad because food gives you energy throughout the day to help with your job performance. Not eating may lower your blood sugar. You may be more likely to have low energy and overeat unhealthy foods later in the day. Not skipping meals and eating nutritious food will help you work through the day.
Exercise is the key to living a healthy life. However, when you’re feeling overworked, exercising is the last thing you want to do. As a result, you’re more likely to feel down and not as energetic. It is recommended that you work out for at least one to two hours each week to prevent depression and reduce the chances of getting some kind of heart disease.
Avoiding your social life
It’s not a good sign if you miss out on social events with your loved ones from overworking. Not taking some time off to catch up with your social life may leave you feeling like you can’t have any fun. Try to give yourself some breathing room to enjoy time with loved ones to avoid feeling overworked.
It may seem hard to avoid working nonstop, but having a work-life balance should be easier to manage with healthier coping habits.