Why You Should Keep Work Life and Home Life Separate

Do you have one or more of the following problems? 
  •  You work so much that you end up bringing several hours of work home with you each night – after working overtime. You go in at 7 AM and leave at 7 PM and then work at home until 10 PM, stopping only for dinner … 
  •  You are a “workaholic” who has the urge to work all of the time. 
  •  You need to work so much in order to keep up with the bills.
  •  Your boss requires you to work all day long. You do not know how to get things done fast enough.
No matter what the reason for your problem, there are some real consequences for letting your home life and your work life meld together. Read on…

Studies show that people who don’t keep their work life and their home life separate are much more likely to experience symptoms of depression than those who do. They are also more likely to display physical symptoms of anxiety and stress. There can be many reasons that this happens, including exhaustion from not getting enough sleep, not being able to spend enough time with your family, the realization that you are missing out on special once-in-a-lifetime moments, or the feeling that no matter how much you work, you still can’t get ahead (this one is usually the result of money problems).
 
I speak from experience, as I had a problem with overstretching myself that resulted in irritating physical symptoms. Last year, I was so overwhelmed with my business that I felt that I needed to bring my work home and tend to it each night. I slept for only three to four hours every night, which lasted for almost four months. After this prolonged period of over-working, I started to feel exhausted and uncomfortable with my body. Every morning, I woke up and ate my breakfast only to find that I quickly felt pangs and had to head to toilet immediately. I suffered from frequent diarrhea during that period. 
 
I quickly realized that this was a warning sign telling me that I had to change my long working habits immediately. After a week of working normal hours, the symptom disappeared and I was suddenly more energized.
 
In additional to what I experienced, consider whether you have the following symptoms:
Symptoms of Depression  
  • Feelings of extreme sadness, emptiness, or worthlessness
  • Frequent crying
  • Gaining or losing more that 5% of your weight within one month’s time, if you are not trying to lose or gain weight
  • Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Having a general ‘slowness’ in your movements
  • Extreme tiredness or loss of energy
  • Inability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
  • Frequent thoughts of death or contemplating suicide 
 
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety and Stress
  •  Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension
  • Sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Trembling
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Unintended weight loss or gain
  • Breakouts of hives, eczema, or acne
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
If you find that you are experiencing symptoms depression or any physical symptoms of anxiety and stress that are directly linked to how much you work, you should learn how to keep your work life and home life separate. Sometimes, seeking the help of a therapist to resolve these symptoms is a good move, but it is NOT advised to simply see a therapist and continue letting your work life and home life meld together. You must change your ways. 
 
You can learn more by reading our article “How to Keep Your Work Life and Home Life Separate ”. 
 

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