Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to be doing what they want to do, let alone love. There are still a lot of people who hate their jobs and would drag themselves to work related stress day after day. Long hours at the office and the stress of the work could take a toll on one’s physical and mental health.
Work Related Stress
Stress can sometimes be unavoidable. In fact there are times when stress can actually help us go through certain tough situations. However, it is important that you are able to identify whether these are temporary or whether you are chronically stressed. This is especially true if you are doing something that you don’t really like. When you are under stress, the body’s production of cortisol increases and this affects the overall health – physically, mentally and emotionally. Here are some effects that work related stress may have on your body:
- It could worsen whatever skin conditions you have like acne and eczema.
- You could experience frequent headaches.
- Your blood pressure could elevate, increasing your risk of heart problems and diabetes.
- You could experience gastrointestinal issues like reflux.
- Your judgement could be impaired.
- Productivity may be decreased so is your ability to concentrate at the task at hand.
- You may feel irritable, depressed and unmotivated.
- You could end up having unhealthy behaviors like overeating and increase in alcohol consumption, which also leads to weight problems.