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Job Stress Could Be Hurting Your Heart

It is important to have a healthy balance between work life and family life, but what is considered healthy when work seems to be getting the best of you? For those who are plagued by stress and anxiety, you know how it feels to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Although it may be easier to say than to do—relax. There is a healthy balance between work and life and the faster it is found, the happier and more stress-free you will be.

A Learned Behavior: How to “Call It a Day”

One of the most difficult behaviors to learn is being able to leave work at work. Stress on the job can actually affect your ability to think or function properly at home. If you are married or have children, work stress can get in between your personal relationships and damage more than just your motivation to perform well in an office setting.

Mental exhaustion that follows stress at work can have adverse effects on your physical health. According to researchers in a study published in the journal PLoS One, people who work between 7 to 8 hours a day are much less likely to suffer from depression. Individuals who work 11+ hours a day are more than doubling their chances of suffering from depression; a not-so-surprising finding.

Prolonged Sitting

Although it may be nice to relax, sitting all day at work is terrible for your health. If your job requires you to sit at a desk for 8 or more hours a day, it may be time to pencil in a trip to the gym or at least a walk around the town during your lunch break. Not only is it bad to sit for extended periods of time, it is also bad to eat while sitting and not moving for hours as your food begins to digest. Before, during or after lunch, make it a habit to get up, walk around and be on your feet. This boost of energy may actually have the ability to clear your head a bit, allowing you to focus better for the rest of the day.

Sleep Apnea and Stress

Fighting sleep may feel like a job in and of itself. Sleep is a crucial element to proper brain development and function and without it; simple everyday tasks become difficult and can being to have an impact on health and mental performance. Sleep apnea is a disorder of interrupted breathing when muscles become too relaxed during sleep.

If you have experienced stress from your job and have found it to keep you up at night, it is best to make sure you are following a proper diet and exercise routine as staying active is a vital role in both mental and physical health.

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