If You Want to Improve Your Work Stress Levels Make Sure that you Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Want to Improve Your Work Stress Levels Make Sure you Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
With an increasingly difficult economic climate workers are being put under more stress given greater workloads and set tighter deadlines adding to people’s rising work stress levels.
Everyone has their different ways of dealing with office based stress be it turning to a sweet treat sweating it out at the gym smoking or exhaling your problem in a yoga class. Some of these vices though therapeutic may increase your chance of heart disease.
There have been a lot of studies and medical articles recently that have been exploring whether there is a link between work stress and heart disease. The Canadian Medical Association Journal has done exactly the same and their research shows that the key to reduce this could be a healthy lifestyle.
They conducted research of thousands and found that there was a correlation between people with work stress and heart disease. The data showed that people who are stressed at work and lead unhealthy lifestyles are more at risk of coronary artery disease than people who are equally as stressed but live more healthily.
The Canadian Medical Association Journal conducted a study across Europe of seven cohort studies looking at 102128 people aged between 17 and 70 years old over a period of fifteen years. They took a person’s lifestyle choices into consideration. Looking at whether people smoked their alcohol consumption how much they exercised and whether or not they were obese.
The study was from 1985- 2000 and the people who participated were disease free at the time. 16% of the participants reported that they suffered from stress at work. The Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that.
“A"healthy lifestyle" had no lifestyle risk factors"moderately unhealthy lifestyle" had one risk factor and"unhealthy lifestyle" included 2–4 lifestyle risk factors.”
The British Psychological Society reported that Dr Mika Kivmaki from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College of London found that there was a correlation between people who suffered work place stress with unhealthy lifestyles having more chance of having the disease. They found that those with work stress and healthy lifestyles had half the rate of the disease.
"The risk of coronary artery disease was highest among participants who reported job strain and an unhealthy lifestyle; those with job strain and a healthy lifestyle had about half the rate of this disease"
Dr Kivmaki said that.
"These observational data suggest that a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce the risk of coronary artery disease risk among people with job strain."
The journal also reported that they had found in separate individual studies that if someone had made a lifestyle change for example giving up smoking or losing weight reduced that chance of getting the disease.
The NHS reported that from 2010 – 2011 400000 people were suffering with work stress and have become ill as a result of it.
If you are suffering with work related stress then it is essential you follow the guide below:
- Consult your GP – they are best placed to advise you regarding the affect work place stress is having on your health.
- Liaise with your employer – be open with the employer regarding what the cause of your stress is. We would always advise communicating your initial complaint in writing by email or letter and ask that a meeting is arranged to discuss the issues further. We would recommend that you advise the employer that it is affecting your health.
- Consultant Michael Lewin Solicitors – We are able to offer you impartial advice regarding your situation and offer suitable options on how best for you to proceed.
Reading the original research here http://www.cmaj.ca/site/misc/pr/13may13_pr.xhtml