Note: This is Part 3 of a series of blog posts about financial advising. Click here to read all articles in this category.
We’ve all shouted that while we’re at work. In a lot of cases, we even made a promise that we’re going to resign. That doesn’t really happen a lot. Most of us choose to remain in our stressful job because frankly, we need the money, and we can’t afford to be unemployed.
Well, that’s not really a good idea, and we’ll tell you why.
What is Stress?
Stress is the physical response of your body when it’s under the impression that it’s under attack. When your body feels this way, it releases several hormones that can help the body react accordingly, whether to fight or flee.
Based on this definition, stress is actually a good thing. Even our cavemen ancestors relied on stress to survive. We’ve been using stress to survive thanks in part to the fact that it releases adrenaline. It also gives our brain the necessary chemicals and hormones to react quickly and correctly.
The problem is when we get stressed for a long period of time. Say, a stressful job that you’ve been in for years?
Your Stressful Job is Unhealthy for You
If you’ve been feeling stressed for years, your body feels that it’s being attacked for years. That alone shows why it’s unhealthy for you. Here are more specific reasons why you should consider letting go of your stressful job:
- It’s affecting your health.
There are the sleepless nights. You feel tired because you’re not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation has many negative effects like a weakened immune system, high risk for diabetes and heart disease, weight gain, high blood pressure and many more.
Other negative effects include indigestion, chest pain, and skin issues.
- It can increase your cortisol levels.
This is another hormone that’s released by your body when it feels stressed. When it’s regularly high, it can lead to an increase in your blood pressure and sugar. It will also decrease your libido.
- You’re always at an agitated state.
In addition to being unhealthy for you, it’s also unhealthy for your relationship with other people. You’re always agitated so you’re naturally more aggressive. Your body and mind will always be in “fight” mode which will lead to unnecessary conflicts with other people.
- It can affect you emotionally.
Agitation is just the tip of the iceberg. Stress can lead to other serious emotional issues like anxiety and depression. These can be very serious issues. In fact according to a study, workplace suicide is steadily rising. According to data, 1,700 employees committed suicide while on the job from 2003 to 2010.
These are just some of the negative effects of stress, but you can already see why you shouldn’t allow your body to go through long periods of stress – something that is happening if you’re in a stressful job.
What to Do
You’re staying at your stressful job because you feel that you have no choice. Well, there is a choice. There are options, one of which is to become a financial advisor.
Financial advising is one of the most satisfying careers out there. You get to save lives and that alone makes for a less stressful situation. You’re not limited to working 8 to 10 hours in a small cubicle. You’re the master of your own time.
It’s time to make the switch. Yes, you can easily switch to financial advising. You owe it to yourself to get rid of unnecessary stress.
Are you ready to leave your stressful job for a more satisfying career? If yes, send an email to [email protected]
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