How Your Job Affects Your Health

At one point or another, most of us will find ourselves in a job we’re not happy with. Maybe the demands are too high and you don’t feel supported, leading you to become overburdened and stressed out. Or maybe the converse is true and you simply don’t feel challenged, valued, or productive. No matter the cause of your workplace discontent, having a job that’s a poor fit can have a negative affect on your health. Similarly, having a stimulating and rewarding job can actually make you healthier.

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A stress-free job can be just as bad for your health as a high-stress job.

Here’s how your job affects your health:

Too much stress
Stressful jobs aren’t necessarily bad. In fact, it’s good to have some stress in the workplace because it challenges you and makes the end result that much sweeter when you get it right. People who report some amount of stress involved with their jobs also tend to be happier in their careers than people with too much or no stress.

But when you have no control over the stress level you face at work, or it’s unrelenting, it can wear you down – both physically and emotionally. Stress is equally negative when you feel that your contributions go unnoticed or do nothing to advance your company’s cause. The wrong kind of stress – or too much of it – can lead to conditions like depression and heart disease.

Not enough stress
Just as there’s a right and wrong kind of stress, there’s also the problem of having a job that isn’t stressful at all. Being able to punch in and out and coast along may suit you for a while, but you may eventually feel burned out from not being challenged to use more of your skills. On top of that, a job that stimulates your brain on a consistent basis is better for the overall health of your brain, decreasing your chance of experience memory loss during old age.

Does your job strike the right balance? Tell us about it below.

Sources: everydayhealth.com and health.com