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3 Effects of Work-Related Stress

Everyone has stress at work occasionally. Whether you dropped the ball on a big deadline, or you showed up late to an important meeting—everyone has an occasional bout of stress. However, work-related stress can become problematic when it’s constant and is starting to affect your health.

If you find yourself constantly stressing about work, deadlines, budget, or anything else about your job, you might be causing damage to your body you don’t even know about.

Want proof? Here are 3 effects of work-related stress that you definitely want to avoid.

Stress Can Raise Your Cholesterol Levels

It turns out that stress can raise your cholesterol levels—not just while you’re experiencing that stressful moment, but also for the long-term. According to an article on WebMd.com, there was a study of 199 healthy adult men and women and those who responded more dramatically to stressful situations (indicating that they harbor a lot of stress) were more likely to have significantly higher cholesterol levels three years later.

Stress Can Cause You to Overeat

Everyone has their vices—a cocktail here and there, chocolate, fast food—but those vices can become habitual when you have a lot of stress in your life. Chronic stress can make us reach for comfort in things like food, which can lead to overeating. Think about it: when you have a really stressful meeting coming up that you need to prepare for, doesn’t it sound simpler to order a pizza or go through the fast food drive thru instead of preparing a healthy, nutritious meal? And when you don’t have time to prepare a lunch at home, we’ll often go down to the cafeteria and choose something unhealthy.

Overeating, as we all know, can cause us to gain weight, which could potentially lead to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Stress Can Cause You to Socially Withdrawal

Work-related stress can not only affect your physical body, it can affect your mental health. Stress can plague our minds and bodies so much that we want to socially withdraw from others when we’re experiencing chronic stress. (It’s important to distinguish between needing a break socially every once in a while, and habitually withdrawing socially, however.)

One of the best ways to get rid of work-related stress symptoms is to get rid of work-related stress. Do yourself and your body a favor by hiring a virtual assistant to lighten your load. Want more information about what a virtual assistant does? Call us toll-free at 877-554-0333 to find out about what services we offer and how a virtual assistant can help you and your business.

photo credit: TheDyslexicBook.com

 

Posted on March 27th, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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