Is Your Work Affecting Your Health?

A 2012 study, published in the HR Magazine states that your job may be at the root of musculoskeletal problems including back pain, strain and related injuries. Additionally, the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine highlights that the quality of your job largely affects your mental health and wellbeing. On the other hand, factors that are not related to work stress, in particular, may also lead to health issues like headaches, blurry or disturbed vision, high blood pressure, insomnia, heart health risks as well as depression and anxiety disorders. Your job is, unfortunately, affecting your health in silence. Here’s a list of ailments that you might be prone to...

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Also referred to as MSDs, the condition is one of the most common issues faced at the workplace. The range of musculoskeletal disorders affects the body’s muscles, joints, tendons and supporting tissues. The condition aggravates pain in the affected area while reducing the normal range of activity and movement. It may include back pain as well as upper limb disorders, caused by factors like: Manual lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying of objects Uncomfortable and constrained working positions Long working hours without breaks Psychosocial factors Display screen equipment-related Physical strain in commute or climb Sedentary desk job with lack of movement Ergonomists help employers to fit a job as per the individual that may help reduce muscle fatigue, severity and occurrence of MSDs while enhancing productivity and overall workplace environment.

Back Pain

According to the American Osteopathic Association, two-thirds of office employees suffered from physical pain on the job during a six-month period, primarily due to desk work. Another contrasting study published in the journal Human Factors found that standing, isn't great either, as employees who spent most of their days upright suffered from extreme fatigue, leg cramps and backaches. Therefore, it is recommended that employees balance their desk-time with equal mobility, rather than hunching over their monitors or be on their feet.

Physical and Mental Stress

In a surprising study by the University of British Columbia, researchers found a correlation between mental stress and the frequency of checking the inbox. Researchers at the University of Montreal's School of Industrial Relations found that commutes more than 20 minutes may increase your risk of burnout, and those above 35 minutes aggravate weariness and negativity relating to work. Well, stress may affect a person in a spectrum of ways making him/her more prone to physical and mental repercussions like anxiety, depression, diabetes, heart disease and so on. If the stress is identifiable, you must take a step to speak up about it. You can even try to set your own work goals and deadlines analyse your growth and work efficiency and productivity. This shall help you monitor your output, improve it and realise your self-worth.

Trustmedi Tips

Most work-related issues can be averted by introducing changes in your daily routine. Yoga is a great technique of relaxing your insides and out while helping you lessen chronic pain like lower backache, headaches, arthritis and so on. It also increases your body’s flexibility, muscle strength, figure or physique and helps you maintain healthy body weight. If your work entails constant computer and display screen gaze, you must take frequent breaks for the health of your eyes. Do so, by simply performing 60-second eye rolling exercises and looking away from the harsh screen light often. If you’re taken over by worries, doubts, fear and negativity, meditation is for you. The soothing practice helps you discover inner peace resulting in a loving outer self. A 5-minute meditation and mindful breathing can keep you fresh throughout your day. Regular physical activity and exercise keep your health at optimal levels, try incorporating brisk walks or jogging to brighten up your morning.