Top Unhealthy Jobs and How to Counter Them

ID-10042925Unless you’re a fitness coach or park ranger, you might not consider your job to be a healthy one. However, certain jobs are worse for your health than others. Fortunately, you aren’t living at your workplace, so it is possible to counteract the unhealthy side of earning money.

The Worst Jobs for Your Health

When it comes to the unhealthiest jobs, stressful positions rank pretty high. High stress jobs can wreak havoc on your health. Lawyers are some of the most stressed people around, but they aren’t the only ones. Soldiers also fall into this category, with extremely stressful jobs that can result in post traumatic stress syndrome, among many other problems.

If you work as a police officer or firefighter, you are at higher risk for having a heart attack. While most people realize that these public servants are more likely to be injured or killed on the job, the long hours, poor nutrition and lack of sleep also contributes to poor health.

Shift workers in hospitals face many of the same issues as police and firefighters. In addition to very long shifts, nurses and ER doctors find themselves working in stressful conditions consistently. They rarely have time to eat a proper meal and poor eating habits can cause long term health problems.

Office workers also tend to be unhealthy as a whole. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day puts you at risk for eye strain, repetitive stress syndrome and back pain. Working at a desk can also lead to obesity, which brings a host of other problems with it.

Service workers, including bartenders and waitresses, are also in a bad position. Most do not receive insurance or any benefits. When they are injured or sick, they tend not to seek out medical aid because they earn such low wages that they cannot afford to pay for a doctor or medicines.

Tips for Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy Work Environment

It may not be possible to make your work environment any healthier or less stressful, but you can lessen the impact by taking a few simple steps.

Eat well. Nutrition can combat many of the problems mentioned above. With the proper food, even the detrimental effects of stress can be minimized. If you have been eating poorly for years, a green juice fast is a good way to detoxify your body and get things back on track.

Exercise. While some jobs include physical exertion, you won’t get enough exercise if you sit at a desk all day. You can hit the gym during lunch or after work. Another option is to see if you can switch to a treadmill desk while at the office.

Relax. Everyone has a different way to relax. Whether you enjoy yoga and meditation or running and reading, make sure you have time to take your mind off the stress of work. Hobbies can be a great way to separate home from work.

Some jobs are more hazardous to your health than others. Take steps to ensure you stay healthy. Talk to your boss about the possibility of providing better benefits or gym access for employees. In many cases, employers are willing to adjust the work environment to provide for their employees. Even if your boss isn’t interested, you can de-stress on your own.

Kim Connor enjoys skiing and surfing when not typing. She spends evenings watching reruns and playing Scrabble with her husband and two dogs.
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