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5 Reasons You Need a Healthy Work-life Balance

Because values your wellness and overall health, here are five reasons you should avoid working too hard if your work-life balance involves more ‘work’ than ‘life’:

1. Working long hours negatively impacts your health. People who work more than 55 hours per week have a 33 per cent higher risk of stroke than those who work normal hours. Also, their sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased stress levels and unhealthy eating habits.

2. Working long hours doesn’t inflate your bank account. In Britain, 1 in 4 employees works at least seven hours of unpaid overtime.

3. Working long hours doesn’t mean that you’re getting more work done. Studies have shown that employees who work long hours accomplish the same amount of work as those who work normal business hours.

4. Time away from work increases creativity and open-mindedness. Spending time away from the workplace allows people to see their challenges in a different light and find solutions more easily.

5. There is more to life than work. Taking time away from work allows you to grow as a person and provides an outlet for stress.

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