Workaholics Beware: All Work and No Play May Be Bad for Your Brain

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Working too hard? Give your brain a break. A new study from the University of Melbourne found that spending more than 25 hours a week on the job causes fatigue and stress — and that leads to lower scores on cognitive tests.

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Too much work, it turns out, taxes your brain, saps your thinking skills and crushes your creativity.

People who spend too many hours on the clock even see a decrease in their vocabulary and an increase in depression. Some workers also experience some fatigue and confusion.

But there’s a flip side: Fewer hours can make you smarter and happier — and much more energetic.

This could be great news if you’re looking to downshift your career as you gear up for retirement, or if you’re exploring flexible career options as a second act.

As people get older, they “could maintain their cognitive ability by working in a part-time job,” the study authors say.


The bottom line: Your brain benefits when you reassess your approach to your work life.

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