Is Work Making You Sick?
Our working schedules now cover up major portions of our days; many of us have become workaholics. The individuals now have set their standards very high. The average working person spends a major portion of his time doing work either on a screen or a desk.
The individuals are inspired to have their goals set and achieve promotions. The goals they have set require constant hard work and they are motivated towards achieving them. The work stress is also on the high since we have inflation so the individuals have to keep up their finances too.
In the midst of the work the people often tend to be depressed and tired. Indulging in the work and taking a lot of stress puts the individuals under a constant health risk. Studies have shown that when our bodies are under stress they become more prone to being attacked by diseases.
Under normal conditions our cells of the immune system regulate our hormones but under stress the cells fail to do this and thus chronic inflammation is caused which invite other diseases to attack our body.
Studies have shown that stress interferes with our body’s ability to regulate normal inflammatory response and thus if a person has an ongoing phase of stress he might be attacked by cold virus. It was also revealed in the studies that those who worked under stress caught cold more often than those who suffer little or no stress.
The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive that keeps us alert and prepares us to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges.
As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds. Stress not only weakens our immune system but also damages our prefrontal cortex – the part of brain which is responsible for the abstract thinking and cognition thus causing us to forget things and weakens our memory.
Constant stress also disrupts our eating habits. Under stress people tend to eat more and often crave fatty or sugary or salty stuff to satisfy them but in some cases they just stop eating. People under stress often tend to eat hurriedly and thus constant cycle of thee habits lead to weight gain.
This cycle of eating and weight gain lead to depression and thus put the individual under a vulnerable condition. If prolonged stress goes untreated, over time it can make your hair fall out and your joints ache. It can also lead you to alcoholism, severe depression and hypertension. Eventually, chronic stress will even strip away your ability to enjoy time off.
Do not forget that everyone faces a breaking point; the goal is to realize you’ve hit yours long before physical symptoms set in. So listen to your body when it’s tired or anxious, and commit yourself to taking breaks when those signals go off because there is always a solution to every problem you are facing.
It should be considered that workplace stress is not something new or alien, it happens to everybody but you just need to know how to deal with it. While working for long hours take small breaks. Try to take a walk or just stretch yourself, you might also try deep breathing. Small breaks would divert your attention and you would be surprised that you would be fresher when you would return back to your work.
While doing your assigned task try to remain positive and focused. Do all your work with a positive outlook and remain relaxed during the course of your work. Try to set your goals in a reasonable way. Do not try to outdo yourself it would leave you only exhausted. Do not let failure discourage you, work hard but do not stress yourself out. Think good and you would reap better.