Pulling away from a job can be difficult due to pressing deadlines, insufficient staff, and financial incentives. While technology makes some aspects of work easier, it has lengthened workdays for many people. This extension further drains physical and mental resources and decreases recovery time. Logging extra hours and staying in work mode mentally do not appear to translate into increased productivity. Research suggests overworking may kill more people than kidney disease or Alzheimer’s, claiming more than 120,000 lives annually. The takeaway? Overworking and overthinking about work doesn’t pay when it comes to your health.
According to studies published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, workers who exhibit a lack of psychological detachment from their jobs are more vulnerable to chronic work-related fatigue. Experts call this obsession “work-related affective rumination” and cite it as a risk factor for exhaustion. Research indicates that effective rumination in the evenings can compromise health and psychological well-being over time.
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