With the hustle bustle of our everyday lives, we all live for the occasional cheap thrills of our life. But seldom do we realise that they are indeed killing us. In our race to achieve all, we are keeping our heart at risk. Our corporate life is not only making our lifestyle sedentary but also damaging our heart gradually. The main contributing factor to our increased sedentary lifestyles is technology. Technology has brought about more inactive modes of transit, caused an increase in sedentary desk jobs and has developed more activities that can be done while sitting.
Work-related stress can also harm your heart. Research has found that people who are more worried about losing their jobs are nearly 20% more likely to have heart disease. “But people who are happy in their jobs may be chronically stressed as well because of the competitiveness of their jobs or because they’re trying to balance their work and home life,” Johns Hopkins cardiologist Michael Blaha says.
Let’s have a look at some of the worst habits related to the workplace which can harm your heart health:
- Work-related stress can increase inflammation in your body which in turn contributes to high blood pressure and lowers good cholesterol in the body. It can also damage arteries and restrict blood flow to the heart. You need to maintain a healthy balance between your work hours and other essential works to keep your heart away from problems.
- ‘Working on a new pitch? Let’s discuss ideas over a smoke break!’ OR ‘Today is going to be a late night, let’s order some pizza and cold drinks’. This is a very common scenario but binge eating and smoking during work hours can indeed increase our chances of heart failure. You should rather opt for a brisk walk or a healthy snacking option during late-night office plans.
- We all face challenges at our workplaces. Many studies have shown that anger and anxiety raise levels of stress hormones and blood pressure, which can restrict blood flow to the heart. Some damage can be immediate. In the two hours after an angry outburst, for example, your risk of having a heart attack is nearly five times greater and your risk of having a stroke nearly three times higher. To handle such situations with a rather peaceful approach, you need to calm yourself down and practise meditation.
- Sitting for long hours in front of your system might add brownie points to your performance report but it can indeed affect your heart health adversely. Recent studies have shown that a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of heart attack as much as smoking does. You can simply change it by moving a bit or taking a 5-minutes break in between your work hours. It’s as simple as standing instead of sitting as much as possible.