The systematic approach to life; birth, school, college, work, family, retirement and death have made every human to follow the same routine.
This habitual practice has forced many people to choose a career just for the sake of abiding by the rules. If you belong to this group, then you may face severe mental health problems by the time you reach 40.
A finding by researchers at Ohio State University shows that low job satisfaction can influence mental health in later stages of life.
Bad jobs can lead to severe mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation and emotional problems. The course of your early career; be it good or bad can have an impact on your mental health.
People who had poor first jobs but later moved on to a career that satisfies them did not have much health problems. But people who stuck with their boring jobs faced health issues such as troubled sleeping, poor concentration and depression.
People who started off with a highly satisfying career but slowly moved to less satisfying jobs faced problems like back pain and infections.
The study cautioned that higher levels of mental health problems due to low job satisfaction can lead to physical health problems in later life. Also, anxiety and depression can pave the way for many complex disorders such as cardiovascular events and psychiatry disorders that won’t show until up we turn older.
How Important is Job Satisfaction?
Have you ever thought that your day job can have such an impact on your mental health? Yes, it can affect your health as job satisfaction is crucial. Care, good recognition, encouragement, rapport with colleagues, career progress and ample opportunities to grow are important at the place of work. At the end of the day, if you feel happy with your job done and paycheck, you are definitely satisfied with your job.
If you think something is lacking, it could be low income, frequent arguments with colleagues, lesser opportunities to grow or lack of recognition from your employer. Then, it’s a wake-up call to move to something bigger and better.
Tips to Feel Satisfied in Your Career
- Do what your heart tells you. Instincts are always right.
- Choose the field that you know and are familiar with.
- Craft your workplace interactions.
- Look at the positives as it feeds you psychologically.
- Never fear to move on when things don’t work.
So, make sure that you move onto a career that satisfies you at the early stages to enjoy better overall health in life.