Is Your Job Wrecking Your Heart? If you are like many stressed and overworked employees, you very well could be wrecking your heart. I talk with many people who are working 50 to 60 hours a week (a few even more) that are in situations where they have survived the layoffs but are now having to do more. Even lunch breaks seem to be a thing of the past. As stressful as this may be, you still have the ability to choose how you respond. You can either be stressed out about it, or you can experience these same stressors and be calm and relaxed. Self-hypnosis can help you manage the stress of stressful situations. Learn hypnosis and improve your heart health.

Is Your Job Wrecking Your Heart?

WebMD Feature, June 22, 2011: With the U.S. unemployment rate high, most people today are happy just to have a job and a regular paycheck. Although it may be preferable to be gainfully employed, work ranks at the top of most people’s list of major sources of stress. In fact, the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Stress in America Survey found that work is cited as one of the top three contributors to stress, second only to worries about money and followed closely by fear about the state of the economy.

Experts and under-the-gun workers everywhere have long known that high stress levels play a big, and often negative, role in the state of our health. Among other things, research has shown that high-stress jobs put a strain on our hearts. Extreme job stress has even been shown to bring on heart attacks and sudden cardiac death.

But more than the job itself, experts say, are the conditions that lead someone to feel stressed about his or her work. One person’s pressure cooker can be another’s dream job. “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.” The bottom line is that there is undoubtedly a mind-body connection as it relates to health. Job stress impacts the body in direct and indirect ways. Directly, stress may damage the blood vessels, specifically the heart’s coronary arteries.

Indirectly, uncontrolled job stress may put pressure on the heart by raising blood pressure, heart rate, and even cholesterol levels. And platelets, which cause blood to clot, can become more likely to clump, making heart attacks more likely.
Finally, job stress has a tendency to reduce one’s attentiveness to healthful lifestyle choices, increasing likelihood of risky behaviors like smoking or drinking, which can exacerbate known risk factors for cardiac disease.

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In addition to using self-hypnosis to manage stress, there are other things you can do. 1) Cardio exercise: Do what you can do. Get out and walk, run, swim, ride a bike, take the steps – just move. 2) Eat healthy: green leafy vegetables, reds, blues, purples fruits and vegetables. Leave the fast food, processed food, fat food, and sugars in the store. 4) Water: Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday. Minimize the caffeine and alcohol and skip the sodas. Healthy lifestyles are important, especially with unhealthy work environments.

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