Not Worth The Stress

Studies show that high work-stress levels may increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, a precursor of diabetes and heart disease.

The Whitehall ll study, recently carried out among civil servants by researchers at the University College London, found that employees who receive fair treatment at work have a much lower risk of metabolic syndrome than those who don’t.

‘Prolonged exposure to work stress may affect the autonomous nervous system and neuroendocrine activity [the cells that regulate functions such as stress and sleep], therefore contributing to the development of metabolic syndrome,’ reported Tarani Chandola of the University College London in the online version of the BMJ (formerly the British Medical journal).

The study also concluded that women are five times more likely than men to have metabolic syndrome as a result of work stress.

5 WORK-STRESS-LESS TIPS

* Reduce work-related stress by setting boundaries between you personal and professional life.
* Don’t answer business calls outside work hours, unless it’s an emergency
* Set daily goals to handle your workload so you don’t have to take work home.
* If employees or colleagues are the cause of stress, try to resolve issues by talking to then or devising conflict-resolution plans with the HR department.
* When you get home, put your feet up and spend some time between the pages of the latest COSMO.