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The Hidden Costs Of Hustle Culture – 5 Steps To A Path To True Fulfillment

Jen Fedorowicz is an Energy Healer and Coach. She is passionate about waking people up to knowing the magnificence that is within us all.

Executive Contributor Jen Fedorowicz

According to a recent Newsweek poll over half of the US population is not satisfied with their life. One of the main reasons according to the poll is the shift toward a "hustle culture”. People are working harder, burning themselves out in the process and leading to feelings of exhaustion and disconnection.

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In today's society, the idea of hustle culture has become a badge of honor. The relentless pursuit of success, often defined by long hours, constant productivity, and little rest, is celebrated as the symbol of ambition and dedication. While the hustle mentality can drive significant achievements, it's important to examine the hidden costs and consider a more balanced approach to success and fulfillment.

The allure of hustle culture

Hustle culture is rooted in the belief that hard work and constant effort are the keys to success. Social media platforms are bursting with influencers and entrepreneurs showcasing their relentless grind, creating an illusion that non-stop work is the only path to achievement. This mindset can be incredibly motivating, pushing individuals to strive for their goals with unwavering determination.

The hidden costs

Despite its appeal, hustle culture comes with significant drawbacks that can impact both mental and physical health:

1. Burnout and exhaustion

The most immediate consequence of hustle culture is burnout. Constantly pushing yourself to work harder and longer can lead to chronic stress, fatigue, and a sense of being overwhelmed. Burnout not only hampers productivity but also takes a toll on overall well-being, leading to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

2. Neglecting personal relationships

In the pursuit of professional success, personal relationships often take a backseat. Long hours and the pressure to constantly be "on" can strain relationships with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Meaningful connections are crucial for emotional support and happiness, and neglecting them can have lasting negative effects.

3. Health consequences

The physical toll of hustle culture is significant. Poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits, and a lack of physical activity can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, obesity, and weakened immune function. Prioritizing work over health can have long-term consequences that are difficult to reverse.

4. Loss of personal fulfillment

While hustle culture emphasizes external achievements, it often overlooks the importance of personal fulfillment. When work becomes all-consuming, there is little time for hobbies, passions, and activities that bring joy and satisfaction. This imbalance can lead to a sense of emptiness and a loss of purpose.

A balanced approach to success

Achieving success and fulfillment doesn't have to come at the expense of your well-being. Here are some strategies to cultivate a more balanced and sustainable approach:

1. Develop a morning routine 

The way you begin your day sets you up for the flow of the day. Many people feel it’s difficult to meditate, or say that they don’t have the time. Instead of jumping out of bed and heading into the day mindlessly, try sitting up in bed for 10 minutes and focusing on your breath. Take slow deep breaths and tune into your inner world. You may notice thoughts and ideas rising from within. When you start with a few moments of inner connection you begin to develop a sense of listening to your intuition. Before long, you will crave those few minutes of inner stillness, and you will carry that energy with you into your day.

2. Move your body daily

Our bodies are made to move. Sitting can increase your risk of chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. It can also decrease blood flow to your legs, impact your blood pressure and sugar regulation, and slow your metabolism. Sitting can also be bad for your mental health, and has been associated with poor executive function, memory and attention. Commit yourself to some kind of physical movement daily. A walk on your lunch break, an evening yoga class, or even dancing around the kitchen as you prepare a meal gets the blood flow and energy moving into all parts of the body. 

3. Nurture relationships

As a culture we are spending more time on social media, and less time connecting. Researchers found that the more you look at other people's posts and images without engaging with them, the more likely you are to compare yourself to others. And this leads to lower self-esteem. Passive scrolling takes away the positive mood-boosting benefits that come from person-to-person interaction. Invest time in building and maintaining meaningful relationships. Schedule regular catch-ups with friends and family, and be present during these interactions. Strong social connections are a vital component of a fulfilling life.

End the day on a positive note 

A creative sweet spot happens at the moment between wakefulness and sleep. Often, people review their day, focusing on regrets or going over their list of things “to do” tomorrow. I teach all of my coaching clients to end their day with a list of appreciation…not gratitude, but appreciation. There is a different energy to appreciation. One definition of appreciation is to “increase in value.” In other words…what you appreciate, appreciate. When you focus your thoughts and attention on the parts of the day you feel appreciation for, you draw more into your life to appreciate. Like energy attracts like energy. Falling asleep in the energy of appreciation sets you up for a more restful sleep and a positive tomorrow. 


Hustle culture, while often glamorized, comes with significant hidden costs that can impact your overall quality of life. By embracing a more balanced approach to life, you can achieve your goals without sacrificing your well-being. Remember, true fulfillment is found in a life that harmonizes professional achievements with personal happiness and health. Embrace balance, develop positive routines and prioritize YOU for a more fulfilling and joyful life.

For more insights on creating a balanced and fulfilling life, join us at the Awakening to Joy Collective where we explore and share practices to awaken to joy, peace, and freedom. Or set up a one on one connection call with me to find out more about leading a fulfilling life.

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Jen Fedorowicz, Energy Healer and Coach

Jen Fedorowicz is an Energy Healer and Coach. She is passionate about waking people up to knowing the magnificence that is within us all. Her work is about releasing unresolved emotion that is held in the body and activating the master energy system that has a tremendous impact on living a healthy and abundant life.


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