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Do you know that stress kills more people than a car accident? Wait! You just said what?!
Yes! In his Vanguard article “Stress kills: Overuse your body and die suddenly,” author Chioma Obinna addresses the effects of stress on emotional and physical health “Seven people die from stress every two seconds, and a car accident statistics show that one person dies due to a car accident every 12 minute.
A lot of us already know the harmful effects of stress on human health. Yet, many of us give little consideration or take measures to reduce our stress. We often get engaged with the overwhelming day-to-day schedules, worrying too much concerning work issues, forgetting that only a healthy person can be productive.
Little wonder why the World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.”
According to the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Aside from the fact that 90 percent of our work has been made so easy with the use of the internet in this 21st century. Still yet, a lot of entrepreneurs overwork themselves forgetting that chronic overwork can have extremely negative impacts on health, happiness, and overall quality of life.
In fact, working overtime has become the norm for most people. It’s one of those things everyone knows is bad for us, but no one really cares to listen to face it!
According to a study of 22,000 participants, the results showed that people who worked long hours were 40 percent more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease.
Another study from the University College London found that London civil servants who worked more than 55 hours per week had a 13 percent greater risk of a heart attack, and was 33 percent more likely to suffer a stroke compared to workers who worked within the 35-40 hour week.
Everything is not just about working; working in good health condition increases productivity and puts you in a dynamic shape. Read on to learn exactly the impact of overworking on your health status.
1. Overworking yourself reduces productivity.
Productivity is not just about working in the office from 7 to 5, or just being able to finish your daily task in your office. It has to do with the mental and emotional wellbeing of your body and mind, and having the ability to create or to achieve more in a short period of time.
Good health is possessing the energy and motivation to seek the things you most want without stress or illness. In fact, according to The Willis Health and Productivity Survey Report, 2014, 93 percent believe that healthier employees are more productive, yet very few are measuring the impact of productivity on employees’ absenteeism, and presenteeism.
However, the simple way to be productive is to maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle, by not overworking yourself.
2. Overworking yourself gets in the way of good habits.
A lot of entrepreneurs rarely give much consideration to health issues when it comes to meeting a target or to finish a project at work which later result in bad habits.
Working too much can have a great effect on the body and brain in two main ways — by boosting stress and by getting in the way of exercise, healthy eating, and other good habits.
People prefer to take junks when they’ve gone through work stress, many will want to avoid the stress of taking healthy meal because of the long process and decide to go for something fast that will fill the stomach. Meanwhile, most of these junk foods are high in calories with low nutritional value, which is extremely dangerous for health.
It was not possible to get in touch with persons like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to know their take on the effect of overworking on health status, but with how much they’ve declared healthy lifestyle as their key to success, it’s arguable that they also exercise the habit of a healthy lifestyle with their work.
Nicholas Dutko of Auto Transport Quote Services also attested to the fact that overworking/stress is unhealthy. He said, “Besides the 53 percent of Americans who report personal health issues as a result of stress, a whopping 80 percent of these stress is caused by long-term activities – like driving a long distance. That’s why we always recommend you transport your vehicle to any destination, whenever you’re planning a trip — rather than driving it.”
3. Overworking yourself reduces your ability to sleep.
Being up longer leads to less sleep and more daytime fatigue. In fact, poor sleep doesn’t just make you grumpy. It decreases productivity while increasing your risk for chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Research has shown that overworking yourself can negatively result in stress which can lead to a chronic sleep debt, which raises the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. In the short-term, lack of sleep can have significant effects on the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in memory creation and consolidation.
The fact is not everybody will be able to pull off sleep for five or six hours a night without their performance suffering.
4. Overworking yourself affects a good diet routine.
Employees who eat healthily are more likely to have higher job performance than the once who skip a meal. According to a Quantum Workplace report, employees are 14 percent more engaged when provided time off to recharge, 10 percent more engaged when provided healthy food options, 18 percent more engaged when provided time for healthy activities, and 18 percent more engaged when provided a flexible schedule.
Having a good diet while working increases the level of productivity and helps to achieve more in less time.
To round things up:
Your health status is what allows you to have a good successful workflow in your office. While the rate of your productivity is determined by how healthy you are. The most important thing to remember is that what doesn’t benefit your health destroys you gradually.
This content is sponsored by Perfect Motivations, Inc.
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