The Psychological Costs of Overworking

March 15, 2023 by Tom Hobbs

The busy person’s Badge of Honor of working seven hour days without a vacation is not something that creates a long term sustainable model for success. When starting a new business, or maintaining a profitable one-person business, it is very easy to forget about the time and immerse oneself in the work.

Everything and Everyone will be there when the project is done… Right?

But the reality is that overworking can have a serious impact on your mental health, personal relationships, and overall well-being.

Impact on Mental Health

Overworking can lead to anxiety, depression, and burnout. The pressure to constantly work and meet deadlines can cause significant stress, which can trigger these mental health issues. Burnout is particularly common among those who overwork, as it often occurs when someone is consistently pushing themselves too hard for too long.This is especially present in people who work from home. As the boundaries between work and home blur, it becomes easier and easier to slip into the habit of working more, and living life less.

To manage and prevent this from becoming a reality, it's important to set realistic goals and expectations for the day. Establish clear boundaries around work hours, and make sure to take breaks throughout the day. Engage in activities outside of work such as exercise or hobbies, and prioritize self-care. Seek support from mental health professionals is also beneficial if the struggle begins to become anxiety, depression, or burnout.

You started your business with the right intentions. It is important to keep those in mind each and every day.

Strained Relationships

Overworking can also take a toll on personal relationships. When you're constantly working, it can be difficult to find time for family and friends. This can lead to strained relationships, as loved ones may feel neglected or unimportant.

To improve and maintain healthy relationships, it's important to prioritize time for personal relationships. Set aside time each day or week to connect with loved ones, whether it's through phone calls, texts, or in-person visits. Consider involving loved ones in your work life by discussing your work and involving them in decision-making processes. This can help them feel more included and valued. Literally put time on your calendar with reminders and make it a priority. A small act of showing up in a conversation with your loved ones goes a long way. They know how hard you are working and want to support you. But they also want to laugh with you and tell you all about their day.

Overall Well-Being

Overworking can also impact your overall well-being, including your physical and mental health, personal relationships, and sense of fulfillment. When you're constantly working, you may neglect other areas of your life that are important for your well-being.

To maintain your health, it's important to prioritize self-care, personal relationships, and activities outside of work that bring you joy and fulfillment. Set realistic expectations for yourself and avoid taking on too much at once. Make sure you're taking breaks throughout the day and disconnecting from work outside of designated work hours. When you're able to achieve a healthy work-life balance, you'll likely find that you're more productive and fulfilled both in and outside of work. Shut off the lights to your office and turn your attention elsewhere.

Action Items to avoid burnout and still grow as a single person business

  • Schedule time to connect with your loved ones. Put it on your calendar and let them know.
  • Show up in your relationships. There is a time for work, and a time to connect. Do not cross over.
  • Schedule time to be healthy. 30 minutes for a workout. 30-60 minutes for a walk. Meditation time. Put it on the calendar and hold yourself accountable to do it.
  • Eat healthy. Meal prepping for the week and planning your daily food intake will keep you away from the drive in and maintain a healthy environment inside your body to stoke your energy and your mental strength.
  • Build your daily schedule on your calendar and manage expectations for yourself, your clients, your business, and your loved ones. Communication is the key to growth.

While overworking may seem like the Badge of Honor needed for success, it can have serious consequences for your mental health, personal relationships, and overall well-being. By prioritizing self-care, setting boundaries, and seeking support when needed, you can achieve a healthy work-life relationship and enjoy a more fulfilling and vibrant life all while maintaining strong overall health.

Have an awesome and power-filled week!


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