Do you come home feeling tired and exhausted from spending way too much time at work? Are you addicted to doing copious amounts of overtime that you walk in the door only to fall in a heap just like this cat?

If you said ‘yes’ then read on.

You see I was sitting on the couch the other night watching a bit of TV (which by the way is extremely rare for me to do), and an interesting program caught my eye.

It was called ‘No Leave, No Life’.

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The actual title of program (http://www.noleavenolife.com/) really caught my eye because I thought – how true a statement is that!?
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You really do have no life if you have no leave or time off, built into it.
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Now the program centres around people who have worked tirelessly for years without taking any time off. They are given a surprise when the host of the program arrives in their workplace and whisks them away on a well deserved mini-break.
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With their respective partners in tow, they are treated like royalty as they soak up the atmosphere at idyllic locations around Australia. It’s a real wake-up call to highlight the importance of taking some time out to enjoy some ‘R&R’ and that there is certainly more to life than just work, work, work!

Now I’m not saying that working hard is bad. On the contrary, if you work very hard it can lead you to some fantastic opportunities.

But it’s all about striking that right balance because hard work can certainly be detrimental to your well-being. You see, when you become a work-a-holic you tend to give up your hobbies and forget how to enjoy life. Life isn’t meant to be all work and no play – it’s imperative that you readjust your scales and incorporate more ‘fun’ back into your life!

Here’s some interesting facts that might help you to reduce your time at work.

1. According to a 2002 study in the British Medical Journal, employees with stressful jobs are twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who have jobs with little or no stress.

2. Employees who work over forty-eight hours per week double their risk of heart disease, according to a 1996 UK government report.

3. According to a 2003 American study, long-term job strain is worse for your heart than gaining forty pounds in weight or aging thirty years.

So the key is simply not to overdo things. Go into work, do the best job that you possibly can and then come home and spend some time with your family and friends.

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Take your days off - don’t keep putting your hand up to do overtime, week in and week out.
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The extra money can be great, but if you’re not around to enjoy it then what’s the point.
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