Any fellow workaholics out there? Repeat after me: Work is not the most valuable thing in our lives! There are people who love us, and they deserve much more attention than our office space.
When you are extremely devoted to your job, you probably spend most of your time working. And the rest of it talking or thinking about work. But you need to realize there is more to life than your workplace. You need to have hobbies and passions outside of your job. Moreover, spending long hours sitting in your office chair while staring at the computer screen is absolutely damaging your health. That’s why you need to step out of your box and appreciate the world outside your workplace.
Here are 5 reasons you need to slow down and make time for the valuable things in life.
1. You miss out on your friends and family.
Working long hours means you have less time for the people you love. Unfortunately, if this habit of yours continues too long, they might get the idea that your job means more to you than them. Eventually, your friends and family might start intentionally avoiding you, or stop asking for your company at all.
2. You neglect your nutrition.
What kind of food do you eat, while you’re sometimes working nonstop for the whole day? Mostly fast food and take away sushi, right? This isn’t enough to maintain your body’s energy levels fit for keeping you fresh and focused throughout the day. You need to take more care of your diet during the work hours. Try exploring the neighborhood where your workplace is. You might find a sweet little restaurant offering healthy food, that will also keep your mind sharp and set for work.
3. You don’t exercise at all.
Exercise should take an important part of your daily routine. Especially when you’re working an inactive job. However, people who work late hours tend to skip this part. And after sitting all day in front of a computer, they just go home, take a shower, and go to bed. This schedule is definitely harmful to your physical health. Make sure you always make time for a little exercise during the day, even if it’s just a walk during your lunch break.
4. You don’t make time for your hobbies.
Do you even have passions outside of your workplace? Well, you should. Having a hobby is a great stress relief. Therefore, it’s beneficial for your mental health. When you spend some time away from the loads of work you stress yourself with on a daily basis, you will see how liberated you will feel. Sometimes, when you get stuck in a complex problem, and you can’t find a solution, all you need is a little break.
5. You will get frequent burnouts.
When you don’t get regular breaks while working, your brain will definitely stop working at its usual dynamic. Burnouts are something quite common amongst workaholics. Make sure you don’t overload your mind because this might cause severe problems with your concentration, and therefore, affect your work efficiency.
Eating junk food, sitting all day, not spending enough time with your loved ones… Is this how you imagine spending the rest of your life like? Probably not. So take a break, go for a walk, have a nice chat with your family. Be there for them, and for yourself too. Stop letting your job take over your life.