Work + Stress = Heart Disease

Written by:
Workshop Facilitator, Career & Job Search Strategist at KRA Corporation

If that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will. The big question is, “Is it true or am I just being melodramatic?

” According to the Center for Disease Control ( CDC ) Heart disease caused more than 611,100 deaths in the United States. That is 25,000 more deaths than the second cause of death, which is Cancer. The CDC state that, “medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: diabetes, becoming overweight and obesity which is due to a poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.”CDC Reference:

You may say,” Heart Disease doesn’t have anything to do with my next job!” Let’s take a moment to look at some of your work place habits that can be a precursor to heart disease.

working long hour can increase heart disease

Does your work consistently require you to be at the office long hours? Once or twice is fine but if you are in the office for more than 8 hours a day 3 or 4 times a week, you’re probably not taking the time to eat. If you are, you’re most likely not eating the best foods either. Grabbing fast food, getting a snack from the vending machine (chips, soda, that bag of M&M’s) is convenient for the purpose of time, yet it’s not convenient to your health and overall your weight.

Working in an overly demanding job could also lead to less time or energy to exercise. If the position is extremely stressful or makes you work in an environment that is not conducive to your physical and/or emotional health, it may lead to excessive alcohol use. Any and all of these things can  affect your relationships at home and productivity in the work place.

infographic about heart disease

These types of stressors tend to be catalysts for unhealthy practices which become habits So why bring this up? Your health is more important than a great salary.  High paying salaries are great, but if earning that extra dollar takes you closer to death, you may want to choose life and find an environment that will help you thrive and live longer. In order to do this, you will need to take some time to identify the things that you need to flourish.

Ask your self these type of questions:

  • What type of management style do I work best in?
  • Who do I get along with?
  • Do I work better inside or outside?
  • Do I like to travel or work at different locations?
  • Do I work better as part of a team or one my own?

Taking the time to address this topics will help you stave off a bulk of the underlying causes of heart disease. Avoiding the poisoned work environments will also help you to work more productively which can help you advance in your career. When you are in your job search mode, remember to look for more than just great pay, think about how your health(mentally, emotionally and physically) may be affected in the long term.

What are some other factors we should consider when looking for your next position?