Work stress can even lead to mortality over time
Added: (Thu Jun 07 2018)
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New Delhi, 7th June 2018: According to a recently published study, job stress can be detrimental to life. This is particularly true in case of men who work in a demanding environment with little control over their workload even if they maintain a healthy lifestyle. Such men have a 68% greater risk of premature death as per the study. Work is a common source of stress in adulthood, triggering natural stress responses.
While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical and emotional health, and affect your relationships and home life. It can even mean the difference between success and failure on the job.
Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Job stress raises the risk of heart disease by disrupting the body’s internal systems. Stressed workers also eat unhealthy food, smoke, drink and skip exercise – all behaviors linked to heart disease. They have lowered heart rate variability – a sign of a poorly–functioning weak heart – and higher–than–normal levels of cortisol, a ‘stress’ hormone that provides a burst of energy for a fight–or–flight response. Too much cortisol circulating in the blood stream can damage blood vessels and the heart. Conflicting priorities between work and home have a negative effect on mental health and have been linked to some substance-abuse issues.”
Some signs and symptoms of excessive workplace stress include anxiety, irritability, depression, loss of interest, insomnia and other sleep disorders, fatigue, trouble concentrating, muscle tension or headaches, stomach problems, social withdrawal, loss of sex drive, and substance abuse.
Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor of IJCP, said, “While lifestyle changes and balancing are important, another aspect to this is learning from Lord Ganesha, who can be termed as the stress management guru. If Lord Krishna was the first counselor who taught the principles of counseling, Lord Ganesha taught us the principles of stress management. We should worship Lord Ganesha and become like him whenever we face any difficulty or are stressed out.”
Some tips from HCFI to manage workplace stress.
• Form positive relationships and take your colleagues into confidence when you feel a task is getting out of hand.
• Start your day by eating a healthy and filling breakfast. This will not only help you concentrate but also ensure that you stay away from stress.
• Get enough sleep and do not let work seep in to your sleep time. Make sure you go to sleep around the same time every day.
• Get about 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This will release endorphins, feel-good hormones that can help uplift your mood.
• Prioritize and organize your work. This will ensure that you avoid any backlogs that can spill on to your leisure time.
About Heart Care Foundation of India
Initiated in 1986, the Heart Care Foundation of India is a leading National NGO working in the field of creating mass health awareness among people from all walks of life and providing solutions for India's everyday healthcare needs. The NGO uses consumer-based entertainment modules to impart health education and increase awareness amongst people. A leading example of this is the Perfect Health Mela; an annual event started in 1993 that is attended by over 1 lakh people each year. The Mela showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars and check-ups, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. In addition to this, the NGO conducts programs and camps to train people on the technique of hands only CPR through its CPR 10 mantra for revival after a sudden cardiac arrest. They currently hold three Limca book of world records for the maximum number of people trained in hands-only CPR in one go. Keeping article 21 of the Indian Constitution in mind, which guarantees a person Right to Life, Heart Care Foundation of India has a project called the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund to ensure that no one dies of a heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment.
For more information, please contact
Heart Care Foundation of India
Md Adib Ahmed- 9873716235