work life balance Jun 06, 2017
Most people have a hard time switching off the tension and thoughts of work at the end of the workday. The mind seems determined not to let go of the day's events and worries. We just can't stop thinking about work.
What keeps the tension going is a side-effect of stress. The stress response is triggered when demands overload your ability to cope with them, switching on a part of the ancient brain that believes there is a threat to your life and limb. As a result, it constricts your brain to the perceived emergency of the moment, causing that loop of worry to spin round and round.
Even if you are not physically working, you seem to be working mentally 24/7.
You may say, “Well, no wonder you are thinking about work all the time. You have a lot of responsibilities. It ‘s really normal for you to have this level of stress, given your job.” I would actually disagree with you.
Here are five disadvantages from over-thinking about work:
You are draining your brain – When you think about work all the time, you are not letting your brain rest enough to be 100% the next day and you can’t perform at your best the next day.
It's impacting your health – Thinking about work all the time is an indulgence that will affect our physical health in the long run.
You are not enjoying your life – You may be physically present with your family on weeknights and weekends, you are not always mentally there.
You start to hate your job – You start to get tired of work because it’s in your head all the time. Most of the time you are unable to stop thinking about work and it’s completely self-imposed.
Unproductive Use of Time – Although you may be thinking about work at home, you are not actually doing any work. Your brain is only repeating work thoughts and scenarios. And it is actually an unproductive use of your non-work time.
Unproductive work thoughts:
9 Tips on How to Stop Thinking about Work
Here are some strategies you can practice: