Facts and latest research about stress when it comes to jobs/work

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Hi again, I want to know, what are the effects that stress has on the human body when it comes to work or a job? The reason I am asking this is because I plan to have a job in the future that gives me good stress and to avoid working at a job that gives me bad stress. I base this on some website article I read on the net long ago that there is bad stress and good stress. The bad stress for example could be a job you don't like doing that makes you go crazy, makes you want to pull your hairs out, makes you sad or miserable and makes you age faster. A job that gives you Good stress does the opposite, doesn't cause you to age faster and the good stress makes you better at your job overall as well as allowing you to take on more stress from the job in general. According to another source, I was told there is no such thing as bad stress and too much stress is bad.
 

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You want a job with good stress not bad stress?



Good luck with that!



I would go for a job where you think you will be good at it and it really interests you.



However, even a job that you enjoy can stress you out and can have actual physiological effects such as weakened immune system, impaired memory and higher blood pressure.



Plus being over tired from not sleeping properly (work on your mind, deadlines, brick walls, bullying) and being sad/unhappy for long periods of time is not good for anyone physically or psychologically



I did find something on Distress and Eustress but I am not posting the link because I have never heard of this until today.



Overview below.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stress_(biology)#Health_risk_factors



At work some stats



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_stress#/media/File:Work_related_stress_infographic.png
 
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Hi again, I want to know, what are the effects that stress has on the human body when it comes to work or a job? The reason I am asking this is because I plan to have a job in the future that gives me good stress and to avoid working at a job that gives me bad stress. I base this on some website article I read on the net long ago that there is bad stress and good stress. The bad stress for example could be a job you don't like doing that makes you go crazy, makes you want to pull your hairs out, makes you sad or miserable and makes you age faster. A job that gives you Good stress does the opposite, doesn't cause you to age faster and the good stress makes you better at your job overall as well as allowing you to take on more stress from the job in general. According to another source, I was told there is no such thing as bad stress and too much stress is bad.
Wikiepedia will not help. It is there because of their committee who want to parse it with social media influenzas[sic]---Stress. My mother thrived on it. She was high energy probably had ADD because I've got ADHD and the buzz helps coping with stress.

I drove buses in inner city Sydney. Stress constantly. I lasted 17 years then stopped. The stress got to me. Others handled it. Meditation helps but I will not say it is the solution. You see what is stress to one person is not to another!

I worked as a customer accounts operator at the national phone company and this call centre environment didn't bother me but one day a worker simply started crying.

Stress is not negative. I've read real [not wikie] articles where a certain amount is good for you. This by a medical expert I cannot recall or find sadly. Stress invigorates. it is the body's go-active response. Today everything is -wellness- obsessed. Good intentions-bad approach-dodgy generalized theory- but how you react after is important as well.

I used to [used to no more now] smoke cigarettes. Called it stress management. The doctor didn't object. Not all are PC obsessed. Drinking is the favorite way to unwind. In Europe this is the norm. Reading a book is good. TV not so good. Rather it is a bad sedative. If you like your job -never guaranteed depending who you end up working with- stress may not even be noticed. However don't fall into the 'be positive' trap. It will come up short because of false expectations. Adjust adapt assimilate as you can depending on conditions at whatever work you do. Never cringe to the boss or any authority. Good luck. I wish you well. [retired non-practicing sociologist].
 
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Stress has become a pop psychology subject, which basically means the science is all over the place, people seem to be inventing their own definitions and conflating it with anxiety. Work on job related stress is even more problematic, its virtually impossible to study our reactions to stress simply based on events in particular settings, if your stressed in any area of life it will effect other areas.
The effects on health are no better really we can't pin down cause and effect, Seyle, defines stress as something that requires physiological adaptation and our bodies are highly reactive, but this is meant to be an adaptive and useful response. The best evidence for negative effects is from stress perceived as negative/unpleasant, that is enduring, and that we have no control over but this is moderated by personal and social factors. Apparently people can put up with all sorts of work problems if they work in a cohesive and supportive team and have some sense of control. I'm not sure that its possible to plan our lives in a way to avoid things we don't like and we get a sense of achievement when we successfully manage problems, the whole process of living involves meeting demands made upon us. You only have to consider what gets you out of bed in the morning, its rarely any sort of personal choice. I like the advice about trying to find something that interests you, then you just live in hope.
 

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