Can Working Long Hours Lead To Depression in Women

William Kellogg
April 7, 2019
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Depression/depressive is one of the most common and most costly mental health disorders, contributing to work impairment and reduced employee productivity affecting a large number of individuals within the work environment. While lengthy periods of sedentary behavior such as sitting in front of the computer is necessary to get the job done but the mental health issues maybe undesirable. But the impact of gender differences on working patterns and the consequent impact on mental health has always been an issue of debate in the field of mental health. Recently, it was discovered that working long hours could lead to a heightened risk of depression in women who work more than 55-hours a week. The study also confirmed that this does not affect men.

The study was a UCL-led study with the Queen Mary University of London. The survey involved over 20000 participants for which their age, job characteristics, health, and income were taken into account. The results of the observational study confirmed that women who worked for all or most weekends had 4.6% more depressive symptoms on average compared to women working only weekdays. Men who worked all or most weekends, on the other hand, had 3.4% more depressive symptoms than men working only weekdays. The findings also confirmed that while men who work on weekends tend to concentrate on high paying jobs, women who work on weekends tend to concentrate on low working jobs.

This study also shows that women in general stand a higher chance to be more depressed than men. The researchers advocated for policy changes that would increase support for women and the intervention of more sympathetic working practices to increase support for women.

Furthermore, it is evident that working longer hours is associated with poorer mental health status and the consequent increase in levels of depression symptoms in women.

It is hoped that the results of this observational study will encourage employers and policy-makers to think about strategies to reduce the burdens and increase support for employees, but women especially, who work long or irregular hours — without restricting their ability to work when they wish to. This can be achieved through the use of more sympathetic working practices and policies that would bring benefits both for workers and for employers.

The following tips might help you keep a good lifestyle while working lengthy hours behind the computer.

Stretching. This is necessary to maintain optimal blood flow (and cardiovascular health) to various parts of the body. You can achieve this by just simply walking around. Avoid sitting in a single position for hours.

Socialize and engage with co-workers. This is where good team-work is necessary an always learn to take breaks.

Make sure your desk is always tidy and well-lit. That will ensure a good work experience. Lastly, avoid the temptation of consuming excessive junks.

William Kellogg

William Kellogg is a veteran writer who's covered the subject of the intersection of technology, health and mental wellness for nearly two decades.

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