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Are you sick of your job — because you hate your boss, your co-workers, your commute, or you're bored, overworked, or stressed? You would certainly be in good company. Eighty percent of employees report that they are dissatisfied with their jobs.
You could spend your time becoming ever grumpier and more demotivated, telling yourself that your job still pays the bills, not everyone gets the luxury of making a living doing something intellectually and emotionally satisfying, and work is simply not meant to be fun. You could, but should you?
Keeping on working a job that you genuinely hate doesn't just suck, it's also bad for your health. Perhaps these science-backed health consequences of hating your job will convince you that you deserve to turn your life around and start searching for a job you do enjoy!
Hating Your Job Can Literally Make You Sick
The average Joe spends a whopping 90,000 hours of their life at work. It's hardly surprising, then, that constantly feeling bad at a place where you spend so much time has consequences for your physical health. When you find yourself in a constant state of dissatisfaction, the way in which your organism functions is altered negatively in numerous different ways.
Stressful jobs, one study of nurses concluded, are as bad for your health as smoking or never exercising. Hating your job increases your risk of hypertension and heart disease, and makes you more prone to pregnancy complications if you're a female of reproductive age.
That's not even the full extent of it, though: other research confirms that job-related stress even reduces your life expectancy, as well as that higher-income white-collar workers generally live longer than low-income blue-collar workers. This bit of data can only partially be explained by factors such as education, income, and health insurance status.
Twenty-five percent of employees report that their jobs represent their primary cause of stress, with 40 percent saying that work is "very or extremely stressful" to them. Because studies show that employees are much more willing to self-report stress, anxiety and depression than seek help for these conditions, we're not currently aware just how much work-related stress could be impacting workers' mental health.
Yet, figures provided by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) make it clear that employees know all too well that stress impacts their work performance, relationship with their co-workers and superiors, and personal life. In the worst case, your job from hell could land you with a diagnosis of depression or an anxiety disorder. If, that is, you seek help for your symptoms.