Work allows you to provide for yourself and your family while also serving a purpose in the community, but when it takes over your life, it can negatively affect your health.
Here are some results from Mental Health America's latest Work Health Survey:
- Of adults employed full time in the U.S., nearly 40 percent reported working at least 50 hours per week, and 18 percent work 60 hours or more.
- More than half of people who responded to the survey say that they do unhealthy things (drink, use drugs, lash out at others) to cope with workplace stress.
- More than 75 percent said they are afraid of getting punished for taking a day off to attend to their mental health.
- More than two-thirds have had their sleep negatively affected by workplace issues.
- People who work in manufacturing, retail and food/beverage jobs were more likely to report that work stress "Always or Often" impacted their personal relationships.
Remember that social connections, recreation, a healthy diet, humor, sleep and mindfulness can help recharge your batteries and rebalance your life.< Back to news