Stop obsessing about work

Stop obsessing about work

We assume that working too much is bad for our health, but when it comes to effects on health, working long hours is not as bad as obsessing over work.

A study found that working long hours were not related to any health issues, while workaholism was.

A healthy relationship with work can be to work long hours, but not remain mentally pre-occupied with work. When work is done for the night, you should feel fulfilled and fall asleep easily.

An unhealthy relationship with work, on the other hand, is a compulsion to work hard and feel restless when not working. Continuing to ruminate about work and often finding it difficult to fall asleep and recharge before the next morning is a bad sign.

Loving your work can mitigate some of the risk associated with obsessing over it.

Inspired by: Harvard Business Review - How Being a Workaholic Differs from Working Long Hours — and Why That Matters for Your Health, by
Lieke ten Brummelhuis and Nancy P. Rothbard