Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

If your job makes you unhappy and you dread the idea of going to work, your career may not only be wearing on your physical health ….it might be hurting your mental health too.

From Medical News Today:

Many people strive to have a fulfilling, rewarding job, but the reality does not always meet the expectation. New research shows the jobs you have in your 20s and 30s can affect your overall health in your 40s onward.

In the cases where people had low job satisfaction, their mental health was more affected than their physical health, although individuals in the low satisfaction and trending downward group did report worse overall health, increased back problems and colds. There was, however, no effect on doctor-diagnosed problems such as cancer.

The study, conducted at Ohio State University, suggests that there is a cumulative effect of job satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) on health that appears as early as your 40s. One of the study’s authors, Hui Zheng, was quoted as saying:

“The higher levels of mental health problems for those with low job satisfaction may be a precursor to future physical problems. Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”

News-Medical.net added – “People who were in the low job satisfaction group throughout their early careers scored worse on all five of the mental health measures studied, study results showed. They reported higher levels of depression, sleep problems and excessive worry. They were also more likely to have been diagnosed with emotional problems and scored lower on a test of overall mental health.”

But it’s not all doom and gloom. According to MedicalDaily.com, “If there is a silver lining to be found, it’s that people who felt unhappy with their jobs at first but quickly found jobs they enjoyed weren’t worse off for the early turmoil. People who experienced higher job satisfaction that then steadily declined also weren’t as negatively impacted; they reported more trouble sleeping and poorer overall mental health but weren’t more likely to become diagnosed with depression or other emotional problems.”

Share your thoughts on this new study and how we can help those who may not like their jobs….keep their physical and mental health intact. Finding innovative solutions to important health issues is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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