Working More Than THIS Many Hours a Week Has Some Seriously Scary Side Effects
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.
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!
How many hours are you racking up a week? Share with us on Twitter @BritandCo.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!