Robert: People who leave work at 5 p.m. sharp are happier, study finds

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A healthy work-life balance is important. Maybe more important than you think.

Studies have shown that working extra hours often results in one being less and less productive on a diminishing scale. So while you may think you’ll get more done by pulling extra hours, you’re not getting as much done as you think. Not only that, but grinding away at your desk can have some negative effects on your mental and physical well-being.

Heart problems, fatigue, low energy levels and poor health are all side-effects of plugging away at the office. In fact, people who worked more than 55 hours a week are 33% more likely to suffer a stroke in comparison to those who work 40. Overworked employees also showed a 13% higher risk of coronary heart disease.

How can you combat these negative effects of working too hard? Hobbies, exercise or simply having ‘me’ time can keep you feeling energized, and will benefit both your physical and mental health.

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