Most of us spend at least 15% of our lifetime working in an office. So, it makes sense that how you spend that time, will have a profound effect on your health. If you experience chronic levels of stress – and isn’t that what happens in most workplaces, the risk of contracting a long list of ailments is dramatically increased. In fact, work-related stress is the most important single variable in determing the length of our lives.
It’s not that genes and risk factors don’t matter it’s that levels of stress matter more.
A new study conducted by Arie Shirom at Tel Aviv University, which examined the impact of the workplace on the health of 820 individuals for 20 years, showed that the factor most closely linked to health was the support of co-workers. Less kind colleagues were associated with a higher risk of dying.
Something else was found to be deadly – a lack of control at the office, but only for men. Women faced a greater risk of mortaility when they were put in positions with more control. This could be because high-powered women have “more life responsibilities than men”. And those who are working mothers have added pressures trying to maintain work-life balance.
You don’t need me to remind you that stress has no redeeming features. It makes perfect sense to do whatever you can to chill out. Life is just too precious and too short not to be kind to yourself.
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