Stress from job pressure can be a factor in many illnesses and diseases. Hard charging, driven to succeed, and without a doubt one of the greatest innovators of our time, are Steve Jobs’ health problems related to stress from job pressures? Formerly Apple’s CEO, now Chairman of the Board of the same company, and someone who will always be remembered as the company’s co-founder, Jobs was forced to take medical leave in 2009 and early 2011. His battle with cancer has been arduous, and perhaps, now that he has taken on a much less stressful position, he will be able to enjoy better health.
A stressful lifestyle and health difficulties go hand in hand. Of course, a little stress is good for us and keeps us feeling energetic. But feeling steady stress from job duties for an extended period of time can take a toll on our health. Stressors are all around us – everything from running late in the morning to working long hours can cause stress to accumulate.
When stress affects our physical bodies by causing symptoms such as headaches, forgetfulness, and even body aches and pains from constant tension, we’re at an important crossroads. We can either back off, rest, and rejuvenate, or ignore the signals our body is giving us, and keep charging forward.
Much of the time though, it is impossible to back off for long. We’ve got things to accomplish, bills to pay, and a mile-long laundry list of errands to run. We’ve got to keep moving forward – especially if we hold a very important position. Unfortunately, this simply causes the stress from job pressure to accumulate, and can lead to problems like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, and other ailments. While the reason for this correlation between mental stress and declining physical health has yet to be uncovered, there is clearly an association between the two.
When the body feels stress, it responds by releasing stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline). These hormones increase blood sugar levels, heart rate, and blood pressure, as the body prepares to react to whatever is causing the stressful situation with strength and speed. Unfortunately, chronic stress often leads to unhealthy behaviors, and can even affect our risk for developing cancer.
Whether you are at risk for developing cancer, or if you think you’re healthy as a horse, and especially if you are currently battling cancer, it is crucial to make healthy lifestyle changes and reduce your stress level in order to increase your odds of coming out on top. Some of the best ways to reduce stress include taking the time to completely relax each day and ensuring you get fresh air and exercise. Eating a healthy diet can help, too – more than you might imagine; and taking control of your schedule is hugely important.
Hopefully Apple’s co-founder and newly appointed Chairman of the Board will enjoy better health, now that his position with the company does not produce so much stress from job related issues.