A recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that people who work 55 or more hours per week are at greater risk of dying from strokes or heart disease.
Study participants had an estimated 35 percent higher risk of a stroke and a 17 percent higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease.
The study also found that work-related stress is particularly significant among men, people who live in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regions, and workers who are middle-aged or older.
Tips for managing work-related stress
- Exercise. Movement is an excellent way to combat stress. Gentle stretching or a vigorous workout can work wonders for your mental health.
- Make sleep a priority. Rest is essential to reset and restore after a stressful day. Try to get at least 8 hours each night. Having trouble sleeping? Try these helpful tips.
- Eat a healthful, balanced diet. We can’t stress enough the importance of eating a healthy diet. Make sure you are giving your body the nutrients it needs to maintain your busy schedule and counter stress.
- Stay organized. Getting organized in your space and in your head are great ways to combat stress. Start your day with a list of priorities to stay focused throughout the day. Tidy up your desk at the end of each day so your morning starts fresh.
- Take breaks. Sometimes taking a break can help you reset your mind. Take a 10-15 walk (outside is best, if possible).
- Leave work at work. It’s important to separate work life from personal life. Leave work at work. It will be there when you return.
- Prayer/meditation. Finding internal balance helps you become less stressed. Take a few minutes to meditate or say a prayer periodically, especially when you’re overwhelmed at work. It will make all the difference.