Is stress and career adversely affecting your health?

I was fascinated by a couple of articles I read recently.

Workplace stress has adverse effects on workers' mental health Some of the reported symptoms believed to be related to stress at the workplace are: an increased risk of anxiety, burnout, depression, and substance use disorders. Workers who are stressed at work are also more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors. These include cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, and poor dietary patterns.

Studies suggest that the high levels of cortisol from long-term stress can increase blood cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure. This stress can also cause changes that promote the buildup of plaque deposits in the arteries. Combined with poor eating habits and substance abuse, ask of these factors can contribute to heart disease.

It's important to start thinking about change when it comes to your health. Lifestyle changes come gradually: behavioral models can help organize the best way to make changes, and getting help early can help you determine what are the most critical factors that need to change.

One of these factors may actually be your job. Don't let your current job take years off of your life. Finding meaning, purpose, and value in yourself and expect that of your environment as well.

Here's some initial steps to decide if making changes are good for you:

• List all of the things that aggravate you during the day
• List all of the things that you look forward to doing, either daily, weekly, or otherwise I'm the very near future
• List the people in your life that share how much they value you

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