The World Health Organization(WHO) recently recognized the symptoms of workplace burnout, with too much work wreaking havoc on our mental health, all across the world.
Surprisingly, not working too has similar mental health effects, and there is a middle ground, an effective dose of work that promotes well being and increases life satisfaction.
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An extensive study shows that just eight hours a week is enough for the average worker to generate significant mental health and well-being benefits.
Working between one to eight hours per week resulted in decreased risk of mental health issues, especially among people recently unemployed.
Working has some intangible benefits, called psychological vitamins, like social contact, structured routine, shared goals, enforced activity, variety and a sense of identity. Spending more time at work does not lead to an increase in the benefits.
Sitting for an extended period is linked with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of death from heart disease and cancer.
Excessive sitting may also slow metabolism, which has an impact on the body's ability to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar, as well as break down body fat.
In addition to eating a high-fat diet and limiting carbohydrates, the metabolic, fat-burning state of ketosis can be induced by fasting.
Fasting can help your body burn fatty acids instead of glucose faster and start producing ketones.
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