I have recently started wondering what would happen if I were to change jobs? How would life be if I wasn't always thinking about who is in process, who do I need to catch up with, what factors totally out of my control can make the bottom fall out of my world this month? Answer, it would be more relaxed but boring I guess. I have got better at switching off the older (possibly wiser) I have got but I still cannot totally forget work when I walk out of our London HQ (or where ever I may be).
This of course got me thinking how does stress really affect us as human beings, as women and men, as people, as parents, or members of families. Are we always talking about work? Short tempered at weekends because you have to wait for a decision on a pitch, the boss piling more work onto you or just always rushing around with no time for family or friends or more importantly for yourself (I take this opportunity to to add that my chocolate obsession clearly stems from the fact Cocoa and chocolate, which are rich in antioxidants, have been are known to reduce stress).
Not a lot will change over night, the need for you to operate and do your job will be there but take some time to think about the long term damage you may be doing to your self or the short term damage to others you really care about or who really care about you. We may decide to put up with the trials and tribulations of the daily grind but there should be an end date or goal in sight.
I have been there before saying "I tried so hard and got so far but in the end it doesn't even matter" (yes some of you will recognize that line) make the most of what you have got and even if you love what you do like me, make sure you make the time for yourself.
Unfortunately, high-strain jobs were not that rare. In six studies included in the analysis, the percentage of jobs classified as “high strain” ranged from 11.1% to 26.6%. One of those six studies involved U.S. workers, and 20.4% of them had high-strain jobs. When the researchers analyzed women separately from men, they found that gender mattered. For women (who made up 91% of the study sample), having a high-strain job was associated with a 33% increased risk of stroke compared with having a low-strain job. If high-strain jobs did not exist, strokes among working women would fall by 6.5%, the study authors calculated. The data suggest that high-strain jobs raise stroke risk for men as well, but with only 12,323 men in the study, their results weren’t statistically significant.