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The Fallout from Job Burnout

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Physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion are telltale signs of a burnt out employee. Those symptoms are usually accompanied by weight gain, insomnia, and anxiety. But to make matters even worse, a new Israeli study highlights how burnout can be your ultimate undoing.

After evaluating more than 8,000 workers and following them for three years, researchers found that those with the most significant burnout symptoms were at a 79 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), the buildup of plaque in arteries that can lead to heart attacks.

Burnout was actually a stronger predictor of CHD than many classic risk factors, including sex, age, smoking, and cholesterol—all of which were controlled for in the study.

If you’re dealing with heavy stress, big workloads, long hours, a lack of support and control over job situations, take actions now to better your work environment. Or at least try securing your heart health by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercising regularly, sleeping at least seven hours a night, and, if necessary, seeing a therapist to help with stress.

Read "How to Reduce Job Stress" for more tips to decrease stress and your risk of heart disease.

Tags: Health, Stress, Work