Working too hard can cause death

Work and mental health are linked, because work brings many benefits to people: it gives meaning to our lives, brings economic stability … If it is a source of well-being, overwork can be detrimental to our body as many studies claim. It can cause, among many phenomena, what is called burnout or burnout syndrome.

However, overwork can lead to death.. Today we are going to talk about a recent case in which a person died after working long hours.

    The negative consequences of work

    Work is health, because in the world we live in, it is necessary to earn a minimum of money in order to survive. Also, if we are dedicated to what we love, work can be a source of happiness.

    However, overwork has negative consequences on the health of people. But how does this affect us? Work can cause psychological and physical problems. The most important are the following.

    1. Stress

    Stress is one of the most common problems that can result from overwork. This is not to say that this phenomenon cannot be caused by other phenomena that organizations have nothing to do with the workplace (for example, bad relations with colleagues), however, task overload and overwork can cause a worker who ends up suffering from stress.

    • If you want to know more: “8 essential tips to reduce stress at work”

    2. Burnout

    When stress becomes chronic, something called burnout or burnout syndrome appears, such as when stressors don’t go away, the person eventually melts.

    • You can learn more about this in our article: “Burnout (Burnout Syndrome): how to detect it and act”

    3. Depression

    Overwork can also lead to sadness and depression, Because we spent a lot of time working and not being able to enjoy the time for ourselves. It also takes us away from social relationships and at the same time makes us have less time to enjoy life. If we don’t enjoy our life, we are not happy.

    4. Difficulty sleeping

    Excessive work and the stress that comes with it can lead to difficulty sleeping, not only because of the quantity but also because of the quality. Sleep is health, so we advise you to follow the advice in this article: “10 basic principles for good sleep hygiene”.

    5. Substance abuse

    Among the problems related to overwork, we can also find drug addiction. So when a person is at the limit, they may decide to escape reality by using drugs like alcohol and other drugs.

    Excessive work can lead to death

    Working too hard not only leads to these consequences, but can also lead to death. Just a few days ago, we heard the case of a Japanese woman who died due to the number of overtime she was working. After his death in 2013, the company he worked for confirmed his death was due to long hours at work and lack of rest.

    The woman was a 31-year-old journalist who worked for the Japanese television channel NHK. This is a new case of death from overwork in Japan, so it is not the first.

    Miwa Sado, as the journalist called him, he worked 159 hours of overtime and only delivered two days in the month before his death. This caused him to have congestive heart failure, according to the results of his autopsy and according to the Japanese public broadcaster.

    The situation in Japan must be reviewed

    The employment situation has become precarious in some countries such as Spain, but the Japanese model of society is even more extreme. During this critical period of work, which led to her death, the journalist covered the Tokyo government elections and those for the upper house of parliament.

    NHK regretted what happened and therefore decided to change company policies. With that, he claims that what happened did not happen again.

    However, overtime is not uncommon in Japan, which produced a report in 2016 indicating that nearly a quarter of the workforce exceeded 80 hours of overtime per month.

    Barely a month ago, the government of that country approved a package of emergency measures aimed at preventing new cases like Miwa Sado’s. In this country, in 2015, at least 2,159 people committed suicide. Of which 675 of them decided to end their lives due to exhaustion, According to data from the Ministry of Labor of Japan.

      Hikikomori, a disorder characteristic of Japan

      Japanese culture is very demanding and the psychological problems of the people of this country are very common. Overwork is a very common thing in Japan, but it is the same in most areas of Japanese life, for example studying (even at an early age).

      One of the most talked about disorders in recent years is Hikikomori. If you want to know what it is, you can read our article: “Hikikomori: young people permanently locked in their room”.

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