In ten years, what will you recall fondly, if at all? The myriad ‘important’ reasons you had to work forever? Or, say any number of relationship building activities with family and friends? Or dogs, which are both. download

We’ve all seen charts of trends over time: average US employees are working increasingly hard for a comparatively stagnant return, while the brass is getting more for less. The gap is widening at an offensively conspicuous pace.

Unsurprisingly then, our generation is at higher risk of stroke and other stress-related health issues (read: all of them. Stress is no joke) than any before it (Typical lazy millennial!).

I’ve made changes, and butt heads with folks attempting to impose a work-over-everything lifestyle on me. It’s because the ROI of me endangering my health, relationships, community and environment (which are each so cause-effect intertwined as to be inextricable) has not proven worthy.

change-smaller (1)I’ve always sort of thought this theoretically, but now I know it from experience. I’m an overachiever, so I went to the brink atypically early (25), and with particular gusto. It’s bleak. And it hurts. And the worst part would be if anyone else went through it instead of learning from my cautionary tale. I’ve yelled at friends and colleagues to recalibrate their perspective and take care of yourself and your health, and it’s because of my own frightening experience.

I don’t want to be in a hospital bed ten years from now, trying to identify the cell of the row of the spreadsheet that did me in. I don’t want me and mine to suffer for something that means nothing.

Anyways, here’s some graphs of *science* (Oo lah lah!) to sort of back me up and start the conversation.

In conclusion: Frankie Say Relax.

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