My job is killing me and I didn’t know!

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I recently ran into a friend of mine I hadn’t seen for over a year.  I’ve been out of the country doing some travel and working around the globe.

The last time we caught up, she had just achieved her dream job.  Managing at a good firm for great money and level up in responsibility – she was very excited.  Fast forward to now and I really didn’t recognise her, she recognised me.

Standing before me was a woman who always took great pride in her family, health and wellbeing, but now she would cast a rather large shadow over her former self and had the beaten down look of having just competed in a tough mudder event pre-shower afterwards.  I was shocked!

“How’s work” I asked cautiously, wondering if she indeed was not homeless.  “Great!” She said to my amazement.  She proceeded to tell me that she was very busy and had never felt more fulfilled professionally.  She did tell me that certain sacrifices had been made at home and she hadn’t been able to spend as much time with her husband and kids, but professionally, she was awesome!

So, we said our goodbyes and she rushed back to her job and I was genuinely concerned for her.  She had put on a large amount of weight, had given up exercise, didn’t get nearly the amount of time with her family anymore and she really didn’t see these as bad things!

I needed to know, how bad can our jobs really be for us?

Sitting down in an office kills more people than HIV!!

Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic says that “sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death”.

How can this be?! Simply sitting down for 8-10 hours a day and not moving; how can that be bad? 

Verdict – The job is killing me

Workplace stress is ACTUALLY killing us!

A study done by Harvard University has found that stress caused by your job leads to hypertension, cardiovascular disease and decreased mental health.  Apparently resulting in the deaths of over 120,000 people per year! 

The worst part of this, you know, apart from the REALLY LARGE number of people dying, is that we are teaching our children the same lessons.  How many times have you heard a young one saying that they were stressed out about an upcoming exam?

Surely there can’t be anything else can there?! Paper cuts getting infected maybe?

Verdict – The job is killing me

Sleep deprivation

Roughly 20% of all people in first world countries have a sleep disorder. Since 1985 the number of adults getting less than six hours sleep each night has increased by 31% and sleep deprivation costs the US $411 billion annually.

Sure! But what’s that got to do with the workplace?

In a study in the UK, sleepbetter.org states that more than half of all office workers are sleeping less than 6.5 hours a night and greater than 5% are sleeping less than 5 hours a night.  No wonder they spend so much time sitting down!

And the effects:

    • Poor alertness and performance
    • Reduced memory
    • Increased stress in their relationships
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart attacks
    • Depression, and
    • Obesity

Verdict – The job is killing me

If like me you are shocked by this and you can say “The job is killing me and I didn’t know”, then the good news is there is still time to turn it all around. 

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Also, leave a comment below and tell me how you’ve been feeling in your job and whether a change may be in your future.

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David Rush · June 19, 2019 at 10:23 am

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