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Bringing Balance to Your Work Week

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  • Research by the Australian National University suggests 39 hours to be the ideal length of your work week to ensure life balance and good health; the average American works 47 hours a week
  • If you work more than 55 hours a week, you may be 40 percent more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat, also known as atrial fibrillation, when compared to someone who works just 35 to 40 hours a week
  • Working overtime on a regular basis might be putting you at risk for alcohol use; higher rates of illness, injury and death; smoking and weight gain
  • Five ways you can bring more balance into your life include creating a support network, learning to say “no,” looking inward, nurturing yourself and prioritizing your activities
  • Because few people, if any, say upon retirement they wish they had worked more, take steps today to prioritize your health and well-being above your job

By Dr. Mercola

If you are an American working 50 to 60 hours a week, a study out of Australia may give you pause. Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) suggest 39 hours to be the ideal work week to ensure you maintain life balance and good health. The study asserts working those who have domestic chores and caregiving responsibilities should trim their work schedules back to just 34 hours a week. The upper limit for those spending less time on domestic work was suggested as 47 hours.


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