BLOOMINGTON, IN -- We all know work-related stress is not exactly good for our health. It can even kill you.
In a study done by Indiana University Kelley School of Business, people who had little to no control over their stressful work flow increased their chance of death at a younger age compared to people who have more control and flexibility with their jobs.
The study looked at work being done, the time restrictions connected to the job, the pressure to get the job done, and control over decision making. Your chances of dying earlier go up by 34% if you only have a limited amount of time to complete a high-pressure project. It also goes up if you're not in charge of major decisions on a project.
It's not just an early death that you have to worry about. Work-related stress is also connected to many diseases including depression and anxiety, obesity, stomach problems, and heart disease.
It may be easier said than done, but there are things you can do to help you relax.
First, start at work. You can talk to your boss about what is causing the stress and how it's impacting your health.
You can also try meditation. You think "this isn't for me," but take a deep breath. Breathing techniques can help you find a peace of mind and move forward.