Dec 01 '17

The dangers of overworking and staying too connected

As mentioned in my article on our reliance on cell phones and work-life balances, it is important to resist the urge to be constantly working and connecting. Setting aside personal and family time away from the office, the computer, and the cell phone is becoming increasingly important.

So much so, in fact, that it is now well known that overworking presents a risk to your health. Numerous research studies are available, according to an article on HubSpot, show that overwork and the resulting stress can lead to all matter of health problems. This includes impairing your sleep, it gets in the way of good habits, its bad for your heart, and more.

Failure to prioritize a healthy balance isn’t just bad for employees, it’s bad for employers too. Learn more about why this is, and why it impacts our performance, and who is to blame, by reading this article.

Further, on the topic of cell phones, the constant connectivity to cell phones is bad for our health as well. The National Cancer Institute has a resources page that provides information on cell phones and the risk of cancer, and how this can be avoided. Specifically, they list three main reasons why people are concerned that cell phones might have the potential to cause certain types of cancer or health problems.

The first problem listed is that cell phones emit radiofrequency energy (radio waves), a form of non-ionizing radiation, from their antenna. Tissues nearest to the antenna can absorb this energy. So constantly having your cell phone on or near you obviously presents an issue. This is just one reason we need to disconnect. Learn more about these risks here.