If You Hate Your Job, You Could Be Compromising Your Future Health
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Rise and shine.
Rise and grind.
Rise and whine.
These are 3 of many different paths you can take upon waking up in the morning.
Whether you jump out of bed excited to start your day, OR your first thought upon cracking open your eyes is “UGH, it’s morning already…” your morning reaction is closely tied to HOW you spend your days.
And for most of us that means heading off to a j-o-b.
Your First JOB
As a fresh college grad you were excited to finally finish school and head out into the workforce… with high hopes of landing a top paying gig.
However, you were quick to learn that “getting a job” is much more complicated than scribbling a resume and quickly sending it out via e-mail to prospective employers.
And then it happens… you take “that job” that you don’t really want because you are desperate to earn some cash and get the heck out of your parent’s house.
This situation can go one of two ways:
1. The situation is temporary and a ways and means until you find something you LOVE.
2. The start to MANY years of staying in a career you loathe.
The Link Between Your Job And Your Health
Ahhhhh… so you may hate your job, but at least your are young and healthy – RIGHT?
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the consequences of being unhappy and unfulfilled at work may negatively impact your mental and physical well-being – and a LOT sooner than you think.
An analysis was presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting by Ohio State University’s Jonathan Dirlam and Hui Zheng that shows that:
Job satisfaction in your late 20’s and 30’s appears to be linked to your health in your 40’s!
- In 1979, 6,432 Americans participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.
- Volunteers ranked how much they enjoyed their jobs on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 = dislike very much, 4 = like very much).
- Various health indicators were also reported on.
Here is what Dirlam and Zheng found:
- A notable link between people who were less satisfied with their jobs in their 20’s and 30’s and those who had health issues in their 40’s.
Why is this so? What is the cause? The answer is rather intuitive:
- Spending 8 or more hours a day in a dissatisfying environment at work creates a lot of stress.
- Stress is capable of manifesting itself mentally AND physically, for instance:
- Researchers found that the dissatisfied group noted that they had trouble sleeping and were more worried and depressed.
The analysis also produced a rather interesting detail that the effect of your job on your health is not necessarily related to your happiness with your first job (or jobs), BUT with how your job related happiness changes over time. People who experienced increasing job satisfaction had more positive healthy results than those with declining satisfaction.
According to Dirlam, there appears to be a “cumulative effect of job satisfaction on health that appears as early as your 40’s.”
Does work have YOU stressed? While finding a new job may not happen overnight, here are some tips and techniques you can use right NOW to help reduce your stress:
Have a TIP to share? Please do so in the COMMENT section below!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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