You might be sick of your job…literally

Job dissatisfaction can have a real impact on your mental health

Worried businessman sitting in front of his computer with his head in his hands

Does this sound similar to your work week: you dread coming in on Monday, count down the days ’til Friday and keep joining the work lottery pool, just praying for a chance at a quick exit?

While this might be typical, it’s probably not healthy.

Researchers at The Ohio State University, looking at survey data on job satisfaction spanning nearly 40 years, found something of note.  They propose that low job satisfaction is tied to decreased mental well-being after age 40.

This study began tracking the participants when they were between the ages of 14 to 22.  Those who reported high levels of job satisfaction were used as a control. It turns out that those who didn’t like their jobs most often reported issues with mental health and even some physical health concerns that could be tied back to stress and anxiety.

One of the researchers, Dr. Hui Zheng, explained it as follows:

“The higher levels of mental health problems for those with low job satisfaction may be a precursor to future physical problems. Increased anxiety and depression could lead to cardiovascular or other health problems that won’t show up until they are older.”

So, what does this mean?  We throw the word “change” around here a lot.  There is a reason for that.  We don’t believe that being of a certain age means that you have to give up on being fulfilled.  Studies like this serve to reinforce the notion that change is not just a “nice to have”, sometimes it’s a necessity.

If you are currently in a job you hate and leaves you depressed, it’s time to do something about it.  Perhaps you can change the nature of your job, take a new role within your company, go work for someone else or finally strike out on your own.  The point is, if your are not satisfied, continuing to do the same thing the same way is not the answer.  You owe it to yourself to have an amazing life.  Since it’s unlikely that anyone else is going to do it for you, why not make it happen for yourself?

Written by JP Smith

A self-proclaimed "technologist...with attitude", I'm a forty-something husband, father and IT professional/enthusiast. I believe that learning and growth are lifelong endeavors.