How Working Can Damage Your Health
Working is unfortunately something that we just can’t get away from. All of us are pretty much condemned to having to work long hours, nearly every day of our life, until we’re old enough to retire. But, by the time we’re old enough to retire, our bodies are so damaged, that the life we want to live just isn’t going to be the life we’re going to be able to live. Part of this is due to the working lives we lead, and how they damage our health over the years. If you have an office, job, you might feel as though the work you do isn’t going to impact your health, but let us tell you, after years of sitting down at a desk all day, some damage is going to have been done. So, no matter what line of work you’re in, we want to talk to you about how working can damage your health, and some small things that you might be able to do to improve it.
Eyes & Ears
It’s no secret that with age, your eyes and ears are going to deteriorate. It’s something you can’t escape, but something you might be years from actually happening. However, it’s important to remember that your line of work is really going to affect this. For example, with your ears, if you work in construction or the music, you’re going to have a bit of damage. With construction, there is the constant sound of drilling, banging, digging, and whatever else you might hear. If you’re not wearing hearing protection, like a lot of people don’t, you’re going to end up with poor hearing later on in life. As hearing is something that naturally deteriorates, you should be doing all that you can to try and protect the function of it whilst you’re still young. Eyes are no different, but people tend to struggle with this earlier on in life. So many children and young adults need to wear glasses for daily tasks such as sitting at the computer, and sitting at the computer definitely does make them worse. If you have an office job that requires you to be behind a computer all day, make sure you’re taking 5 minute breaks every hour to give your eyes a rest. The strain they’re feeling that you might not even notice, is why you’re going to have such poor sight later down the line.
There is nothing worse than joint pain, especially as you get older. Some of you might be stuck with it in your early age, and you’ll know how truly annoying it is to suffer with it. However, for those of you who are lucky enough to escape joint pain until you’re older, work life will mean that it will eventually hit you hard. There’s nothing worse than hearing your grandparents talk about their aches and pains that they’re suffering with, but working life honestly will have done that to them. If you’re working in a job that requires you to be on your feet for most of your shift, or doing heavy lifting, you’re going to experience some wear and tear along the line. The best thing we can advise is to make sure that you’re stretching believe it or not. Stretching as many muscles and joints as possible in the morning will help to keep them flexible, and up for the task of the day. If you’re heavy lifting, always make sure you’re practicing the right lifting technique, and if you ever feel any pains from a previous lift, stop lifting for the rest of that shift. Companies put too much pressure on their employees to carry on working, even when they might have injured a muscle or a joint.
If anything, mental health really is affected by work. It’s the main source of stress for most people, even if their role doesn’t demand much from them. It’s the expectation that some people build up in their minds that causes them stress and panic. It’s the thought of not being good enough, losing their job, and having no money that gives people real anxiety. If you feel as though your job is doing this to you, then let us tell you that you really are in the wrong job. You need to find a role where you feel happy and comfortable to carry out the tasks of the day. The job you settle in should make you feel as part of the group, and that your mistakes if you do make them, are not to be worried about.
So you see, working can really damage your health, and it’s up to you to make sure it stays in tip top condition.