Work Stress Can Affect Your Health
Most people have a vision of their “dream” job that reflects their gifts and unique talents.
Is Yours? If your job is not meeting those requirements, it could be a factor for work stress. You might want to take some time to examine this concept.
We spend much of our time performing our jobs. So, if your job and work relationships create dissatisfaction, it is affecting your health more than you realize.
If your job is bringing you stress, you might want to figure out why. Is it the people? Does a co-worker’s lack of competence affect you? Do you have too little freedom at your job? Could it be your workplace is disorganized?
Work Stress Can Be Hazardous to Your Waistline
Increased stress and anxiety can lead to chronic health issues. This includes high blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation, and diabetes. Besides this, an increased risk for various health issues will also affect your weight.Stress can trigger a chemical reaction in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune response Click To Tweet
Besides Your Job, There Are Other Factors
While it might be nice to blame your boss for the numbers on your scale, it is likely that stress is the enemy. If you experience long hours, strained relationships and a hard to please boss. Or if it is long hours and other pressures at work, it can affect in numerous ways.
First, many of us are prone to gravitate to emotional eating. While this may cause weight gain, we may also experience stress-induced hormonal changes. For instance, here is another study of women that found stress linked to a slower metabolism and less fat burning.
Finally, if you are working long hours you will have less time to spend on self-care and weight management. While we have discussed all the negative impacts of stress and your job we should also look at some ways to get stress in control. Here are a few suggestions.
1. Do What You Can to Manage Your Stressors
Start thinking of the long term. Sometimes we must take on even more stress before we can reduce our stress. If you feel you don’t have many options, you probably need to re-evaluate your situation.
While you may not be able to manage all of your work stress conditions, you can empower yourself by managing the ones you do have control over. Work with your boss to find ways to improve your productivity. Learn some constructive ways to deal with your co-workers. By decreasing stressors at work, you’ll be taking a stand to improve your health.
2. Do More for Your Self Care
Taking time for yourself is not all about luxury, it’s a necessity for maintaining your health and sanity. Even if you love your job, the truth is you are not as productive or effective if you are anxious and tired. So, develop new habits to get enough sleep and exercise a few times a week.
3. Meal Prep
If you don’t want to get caught in the excuse of deciding what to eat when your defenses are down, make an effort to do some meal planning. And while you are at it, stock your desk with healthy alternative snacks. Then you are not heading for the vending machine with the mood strikes. Making it easier for you to develop healthier behaviors, the greater the odds will be of engaging in habits for long term health benefits.
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I’m Shirley Noah. I write about living well, including good habits for happiness, health, productivity, and success.