Work Stress May Cause Illness Later in Life

Take a good look at your job, is it stressing you out? So many individuals deal with work stress each day without realizing the potential harms that stress can be doing to them. Not only does stress increase your waistline, but it can also be connected to more illness as you age.

One study done in Finland showed that both mental and physical stressed were linked to more frequent hospital visits as the individual ages. This could be due to the fact that stress ultimately wears down on the immune system, making your body less optimal to fighting diseases.

Before you quit your job, though, know this. Job stress differs on individuals’ perceptions. Two people could be in the same job and experience the same situations, yet only one of the two finds the job stressful. Also know that occasional stress is okay and actually healthy for you. The problem is the continual stress that plagues you every day. If your job keeps you from eating or sleeping easily, then it could be a sign that you are getting too stressed out.

Want to prevent job strain from affecting your health in retirement? Keep these healthy tips in mind:

  1. Get Away: You need to have a spot and time that allows you to get away from the stresses of work. Once you leave the office, turn off your work phone and don’t check your work email. If your boss has a problem with it, then speak up and tell him that the stress is getting to you. Will he understand? Hopefully. Usually coming home is a stress-reliever in itself, but if you live in a stress-filled home, then it may be time to work on it. You can even make your commute home a stress-relief by listening to an enjoyable audio book or meditation tapes made for the car.
  2. Identify Your At Work Stress: What is causing you the most stress at work? Is it a pushy co-worker or perhaps you waited until the last minute to put together that presentation? Learn how to deal with your work stresses, either through better time management or by arranging an office or cubicle that is away from distractions. It can be hard to change your place of work, but little efforts will go a long way.
  3. Have A New Look At Stress: When you are feeling stressed, stop and evaluate the situation. Is it really that stressful? What is the worse that could happen? Instead, focus on the positive. Give yourself a pep talk when you are faced with a stressful situation. Your perception of the situation is what makes the difference in your health.

Stress affects us all in different situations. If your job is causing you strain daily, then it is time to look for a change. Either you need to change how you deal with your job’s stresses, or you need to change your job. Either way, it is not healthy for you now or in the future to endure continual stress.


Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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