Is your job stressing you out? Do your heart a favor and take action to turn things around.
No doubt about it: Chronic stress is bad for you. But the problem may not actually be your job as much as you think it is.
“A lot of it comes down to individual reactions to stress,” says Tara Narula, MD, a cardiologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “You can put two people in the same job, which you might say from the outside looks demanding, but it’s how you psychologically and physiologically react to that stress that would determine what your cardiovascular reaction is.”
To figure out what needs to change, start by asking yourself these four questions:
1. How Do You Feel About Your Co-Workers?
Do you get along with your supervisor and other people you work with?
“In job situations, it’s not just the type of job but also who you’re working with. And the interaction with your co-workers is an extremely important factor in whether a job is stressful,” says Joseph A. Diamond, MD, director of nuclear cardiology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.