Ladies, here are 5 alarming dangers of long working hours

Long working hours can affect your health. Here’s how too much exhaustion from work can be harmful for you.
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Here’s why you should not exhaust yourself, ladies. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Rachna Mazumder Updated: 23 Oct 2023, 13:08 pm IST
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A woman’s life is a roller-coaster with many ups and downs. From drinking cold morning tea while getting their kids ready for school to packing lunches and eating soggy cereal during long conversations with distant family and friends, there is so much that a woman needs to accomplish during her day. This results in believing that mothers have superpowers as they have so many tasks that they need to be struck off their daily list. To top that off, long working hours at work cause fatigue and exhaustion.

However, if we just pause and think, we will realize that many of the tasks women undertake at the cost of their well-being and health. That is why focusing on your mental and physical well-being is critical, as it will help prevent severe health conditions and improve their overall well-being.

What is the impact of long working hours on a woman?

Since many women spend time trying to balance their personal and professional commitments, there is an urgent need to help them take care of themselves. If, as a mother, you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, it is time that you look at your daily routine, as you may need to focus on yourself as your health might have taken a backseat, which can negatively impact you soon.

1. Tiredness

Tiredness can be caused by several factors, including skipping a meal, not getting enough sleep, not drinking water, and consuming a lot of processed food items. In addition, if mothers are constantly busy and have long working hours, she is devoting all their energy to their professional and personal commitments while neglecting their nutrition and sleep. It could be due to diabetes, thyroid disease, or vitamin deficiencies which need to be tested for.

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Your body might not be ready for any challenge due to long working hours. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Menstruation problems

It is common for women to have issues with their periods, including heavy, scant, or missed periods. During periods, women also must deal with severe cramps. Additionally, women affected with PCOS are at increased risk of obesity, type II diabetes mellitus, heart disease, infertility, and acne in the menstruation cycle.

Period pain? It may be blamed on the hustle you do. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Stress and depression

Women face a lot of stress due to long working hours. And, when the brain realizes it does not have the energy to handle the demands of everyday life, it can result in a lot of mental turmoil. However, sudden depression can also occur due to financial problems, relationship issues, and bad health. They may benefit from a consultation with a psychiatrist or a few counseling sessions.

4. Weakness

Women usually face weakness due to lack of nutrients in their meals. This can lead to low blood pressure, low productivity, lack of motivation, and reduced work performance, among other issues, all of which can cause severe health problems. An expert consultation regarding proper dietary intake helps a lot.

5. Digestive issues

Sudden digestive problems can be caused by diet, bacteria, infections, certain medications, etc. Every woman must aim to have three healthy, balanced meals every day with two small snacks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon so that their energy levels remain optimized during the entire day.

Eat your dinner on time to avoid digestion issues. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

What are the best preventive measures?

Taking preventive measures to prevent burnout and health problems due to long working hours is significant to tackling the issues women face in their lives. Ahead are a few ways that it can be done.

  1. It’s essential to empower women by providing them with information about their health and well-being to make informed choices.
  2. ‘Me time’ for a small period daily goes a long way in boosting confidence and relieving pent-up stress.
  3. The benefits of exercise extend to both our bodies and our minds. In addition, the endorphins released during a workout will leave the person feeling happier and less stressed.
  4. Stress can be managed by seeking support from loved ones, exercising regularly, practicing relaxation techniques, taking timeouts, and learning new coping skills.
  5. It is essential to visit the doctor once a month for a check-up and necessary tests to overcome these problems.
  6. Maintain a regular schedule of meditation and yoga.
  7. Depression is often cured by exercising, visiting a mental health expert, and spending time with family/friends.
  8. Weakness in the human body can be monitored through a screening test commonly referred to as a CBC and urinalysis, so if you have symptoms, head to a doctor at the earliest.

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