Ways Your Job Is Making You Sick

January 25, 2019

Dreamstime

We often joke that work is slowly killing us, especially if it's a job we are not very fond of doing. Maybe you're bored or can't stand the drudgery of your daily duties. Perhaps it's the deadline pressure or the office politics. Whatever the reason it's more than just bad for your psyche; a rotten job is bad for your health. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reports that job stress is easily the biggest source of stress for American adults and it has continually increased over the past few decades. Stress can weaken your immune system and leave you vulnerable to colds and the flu.  WebMD reports that 75% to 90% of doctor visits are stress-related. Negative stress can lead to problems like headaches, stomachaches, chest pain, skin problems, sleep issues and more serious issues like diabetes, asthma, arthritis and depression. Gaining and/or losing weight may be due to stress, working long hours or just having no motivation to exercise. This is part of your body's "flight or fight" response. Stress increases the amount of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases acid production in the stomach in order to quickly digest food. That way, you can get ready to run and escape danger. The process also decreases appetite. Loss of sleep can be attributed to a job you don't like. A lack of sleep has been linked to serious health problems including diabetes, obesity, depression and cardiovascular disease including hypertension, stroke and heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what can you do if you don't like your job? Find a new one, for starters. As you search for a new position, make sure you keep in mind all the things that you dislike about your current job, so you don't step right into the same situation. Look for positives at your current job. Try not to dwell on all the things you hate and instead focus on the things you actually enjoy about your job. It will help you when you have a particularly bad day at work. Don't just clock in, do your work and get out. There's a reason you went into your field, so rediscover your passion. Never stop obtaining new info and skills. Even in awful jobs there may be the possibility of building your knowledge, experience, and skillset.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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