Have you noticed that everyone seems to be stressed at work? Have you ever wondered how this affects everyday life? Or why jobs seem to be so stressful? Do you know how much stress does your job places on you compared to others? If you're in the military, a firefighter, commercial pilot, corporate executive or taxi driver, you're probably suffering from work-induced stress on a daily basis.
How Stress Can Hurt Us
Certain careers cause a great deal of stress, which is harmful to our bodies. According to the American Psychological Association, many U.S. residents say that stress has caused them health problems.
Recent research suggests that stress contributes to the leading causes of death in the United States, heart disease and cancer.
Here are some of the conditions stress may cause or worsen:
- Chronic fatigue and headaches
- Back pain
- Asthma attacks
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
- Weakened immune system
Suffering from large amounts of stress increases the likelihood of engaging in behaviors that contribute to death and disability including smoking, alcoholism, drug abuse and overeating. Stress makes improving your health more difficult.
Stress even diminishes your sexual desire and reduces your ability to experience an orgasm.
The Most Stressful Jobs
The most stressful career comes as no surprise. Generally those who risk their lives for others, or who are responsible for the lives of others are the most stressed. Outside of the military, the number one most stressful job is a firefighter.
Corporate executives, charged with making high-profile decisions that can keep companies afloat or sink them are next. Taxi drivers are third, followed by surgeons, police officers and commercial airline pilots. Highway patrol officers grab the seventh place on the list of stressful jobs with public relations workers at eighth and advertising account representatives at ninth. Number ten is real estate agents. No surprise considering the state of the housing market.
Stress in America
57 percent of all U.S. residents are concerned about the amount of stress in their lives. Of these,62 percent say that their jobs impact their stress level. 45 percent say job insecurity is adding to their stress, not surprising since unemployment is still high.
A total of 61 percent of people said heavy workloads increase their stress levels. With employers asking their workers to do more, this is no shock.
What’s the number one cause of stress? You got it. According to 73% of those surveyed its money.