Danish workers have a single payer health system, so it’s easy to track how people use their benefits. This study appears to confirm the link between a rise in work-related stress and the negative impact on our health.
More work and pressure to perform beyond certain levels leads to an increase in depression, anxiety — and eventually, an increase in sick days taken by the overworked.
The takeaway? If you run a company, you risk harming the people you depend on to run your business and to keep your customers happy. If you are an employee, be thoughtful about how you respond to someone else’s appeal for you to work faster, or more intensely. Think carefully about the toll that overtime, or extra shifts, make on your overall well-being.
It may be better to take a pass on that.
For all the details of the Danish study, click the link below.
Source: The clearest proof yet that your job is killing you – The Washington Post
Have you ever wandered around a bookstore?
If you’ve wandered around a bookstore, you’ve likely had the experience of picking up a book that you didn’t know existed. And, maybe, that book – now known to you – changed your life, or influenced it in a substantial way.
The same thing happens on the Internet. I’m looking for something, and bump into something that I didn’t know existed. But, that found thing is useful, or inspiring, or worthy of sharing with others.
Here’s a video from University of California Television. It features Martin Rossman, MD. He’s talking about neuroplasticity and retraining the brain with imagery, biofeedback and hypnosis/suggestion. It’s almost 90 minutes long. But not a moment wasted, I think.
Rossman suggests that we can begin to shift our thinking, to quiet down the inner storm of worry and anxiety. Here’s the video;
What’s your takeaway?
Great article that illuminates a growing body of evidence for little-known body processes.
It strikes me as being another endorsement of mind-body interventions – highlighting the interactivity of the brain, the gut & emotional states.
The evidence is pretty strong that mind-body interventions for conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome benefit from anxiety reduction or clinical hypnosis.
A.M. Vitals: Gut Linked to Non-Digestive Ailments:
The health of the gut is tied to more than digestion, with links to processes and conditions including bone formation, learning and memory, Parkinson’s disease and, in lab rats, depression and anxiety, the WSJ reports
. Researchers call the enteric nervous system the “gut brain” and note that about 95% of the neurotransmitter serotonin is produced by neurons in the gut.
Fine article on PsychToday – take a big problem, and break it into smaller/bite-sized chunks.
Too Stressed to Manage Your Stress? The Solution May Be Staggering | Psychology Today