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The hidden link between long hours at work and mental health

The hidden link between long hours at work and mental health

Long hours at work for many can be thought of as a solution to problems such as depression or anxiety.

But psychologists recently advise that, it is better to leave the office and face your feelings.

Arthur C. Brooks, author of twelve books and host of the podcast "How to Build a Happy Life," says that some people deal with their emotional problems by working more hours, but that's not the right way, according to him.

People who deal with problems at work can easily deny that they have a problem and thus miss the underlying issues they are dealing with.

When it comes to work, people reward you. If you work 16 hours a day you will surely get a promotion.⁠ But this causes another problem, that of work addiction.

Brooks interviewed his Harvard colleague Ashley Whillans, who recommends:

First, take a time measurement. Keep a record of your main activities and highlight the ones that bring you the most in the mood. This will give you both information about how much you are working and what you like to do when you are not working. Then set aside time of day for fun activities. Schedule free time.

“You probably have a to-do list that's organized in order of priority. Do the same with your free time, planning activities that you value most,” says Brooks.

Treating work as something routine, that is, not a priority, is an opportunity to face your problems without having to "lose your mind" at work because of them.