In today’s tech-forward workplace, maintaining a strict nine-to-five is next to impossible. You probably start checking emails at 7AM and don’t stop until your head hits the pillow. But is all that extra work really doing you any good? According to a study on the side effects of overtime and extended shifts, it’s not. And furthermore, it could lead you to develop some serious health problems.

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According to the study conducted by CDC Workplace Health and Safety, being overworked has a handful of relatively straightforward health + life issues like depression, relationship problems, weight gain and fatigue. However, there are also some more serious risks involved. Research found that those who worked over 10 hours a day were at a 60 percent higher risk of developing cardiovascular issues. Additionally, working 40+ hours a week can lead to an increase in alcohol and tobacco consumption.

So, for those of you waiting for a hard and fast number to swear by, it looks as though working no more than 50 hours per week seems to be the sweet spot. If you’re one of those workaholics who laughs at the thought of cutting off your time on the job to 50 hours p/w, know that it’s not impossible. It just takes some practice. We suggest incorporating a few of these work-life balance tips into your weekly routine to get started. There’s a whole world outside your cubicle — now’s the time to go explore it!

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