Signs You Are Overworked...And What To Do About It

3:42 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- A well-known psychologist from our area says the secret to happiness lies in this equation: you need someone to love, something to work for and something to hope for.Any of those elements swing out of balance and you can throw happiness out the window.

It's hard in weak economic times to not work too much, but consider this: a British study finds people who work more than seven or eight hours a day have a higher rate of depression.

Our partners at CareerBuilder.com give us four warning signs that your job is taking over your life -- and what you can do about it.

  1. It is been a been an entire week and you have not been in contact with anyone other than people at work or service providers -- like the pizza guy.
  2. You are indoors all day except for when you are commuting.
  3. You cannot remember the last time you worked out or even went for a walk around the neighborhood.
  4. You dread vacations because you are nervous about having to get caught up with work when you get back.

If these signs describe you, there are some things you can do to try to put more life in your work-life balance.

  1. Back to basics: stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
  2. Take a midday break while at work. Try to schedule two 15-minute breaks to do something completely unrelated to the office.
  3. Put the phone down. 
  4. Check email in batches. Schedule your social media time. You do not need to be connected every second of the day.
  5. Speak Up. If you are not getting support from your boss, speak with someone in human resources who can help you get a better grip on your workload and work hours. 

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