There is no alternative to hard work if you want to succeed in your profession. Many of us follow various inspirational quotes to motivate themselves and push the boundaries. However, they tend to ignore the most important aspect of life: mental health. In the race of earning or achieving more than our peers, we unknowingly forget the monster lurking in the darkness: “Depression”.
This monster sucks the happiness out of a person’s life and leads to a horrible, lonely path that is only filled with suffering. Recently, scientists have proved that working more than nine hours may increase the risks of depression in women but not men. As per the study, women who work extra-long hours–more than 55 hours a week–have 7.3% higher chance of suffering from depression than those women who work for 35-40 hours a week. On the contrary, this result does not apply to men.
Gill Weston, the leader of the study at the University College London, stated that working women who work most of the weekends usually work in low-paid sector jobs, which ultimately leads to higher levels of depression. The team conducted an observational study, including about 11,215 working men and about 12,188 women. It showed that working on weekends was linked to a higher risk of depression among both men (3.4 percent) and women (4.6 percent). Moreover, those who work on weekends tend to have a low-skilled and less-satisfying job.
Another reason for the increase in depression is a gender difference. It is obvious that women who work more than regular shift left the office with the burden of household chores that they have to take care of, which also supplements the risks of depression. Additionally, researchers found that married women with the responsibility of a child usually work less than single women. However, there is no such case with men; married put up with overtime at the office than men with no family.
The team has not clearly established the exact root cause of the higher risk of depression. However, it sheds light on the fact that several women face the extra burden of domestic labor along with long working hours, which increases the time pressure and overpowering responsibilities. The research was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and provides a vital tool to help reduce the burdens of working women. It offers insight for policy-makers to redefine the work environment to support those women who conduct long hour shifts.
The study clears that women have to fight multiple battles, without compromising the quality of work. This may result in negligence toward physical as well as mental health, ultimately increasing the risks of depression.