A new study has revealed that men who report specific types of job-related stress may face a higher risk of heart disease compared to those who do not experience such stress. The study followed over 6,500 white-collar workers for 18 years and identified two job-related conditions that were linked to higher cardiovascular risks.
One of the conditions, known as job strain, is characterized by high demands such as heavy workloads and tight deadlines, coupled with low control, such as having little say in decision making. This type of stress can lead to feelings of helplessness and burnout, which can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.
The other condition, called effort-reward imbalance, occurs when a person puts in high effort but receives low salary, recognition, or job security in return. This type of stress can lead to feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction with work life balance, which can also contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.
It is important for individuals who experience these types of job-related stress to take steps to manage their stress levels and improve their overall wellbeing. Some strategies include practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, seeking support from colleagues or mental health professionals, and setting realistic expectations for work demands.