Is Your Job Worth Your Life?
Is your job killing you? Perhaps. If you’re working in a stressful environment, expect your life expectancy to diminish. You’ll also need to devote more time and resources addressing personal medical issues. Many anecdotal examples exist that underscore the physical and emotional damages resulting from ongoing stressful situations. However, there is also ample empirical evidence, presented in data collected spanning dozens of studies conducted over the past half-century, describing the personal risks associated with stress.
The collective wisdom of many individuals are distilled into great life nurturing articles at Lifehack.org. I was drawn to Lifehack during a personal quest to address the ramifications of some personal stressors resulting from a myriad of stress-inducing situations at a former workplace. Perhaps if I’d read this very article on Lifehack a few years back, I might have avoided the pitfalls associated with workplace stressors that certainly took a toll on this wordsmith. Perhaps I should have acted merely on my father’s advice.
Life’s Too Short
My father, a wise octogenarian, didn’t coin the phrase “Life’s too short.” However, Dad certainly adopted it and made those words part of the fabric of my life. Dad’s use of those three short words often become part of any conversation when something has gone wrong with relationships, employment, and plans; as well as the appearance of unexpected issues, situations, and needs. He firmly believes relationships are too valuable to squander because “Life’s too short.” For the same reason, he contends that no job, regardless of the number of zeros, is worth unacceptable stress, worry, or disappointment. He believes a person is better off happily poor than wealthy and miserable.
His continual use of the expression and its meaning has become increasingly tangible to me as time passes. Those words are also extremely relevant as I consider them in the context of my experiences with a company that negatively impacted my well-being. Moreover, it’s also clear, in my case anyway, that father knows best.
Toxicity in the Workplace
I very much wish I’d taken Dad’s admonishments to heart during the time I was associated with that dysfunctional self-aggrandizing corporate entity. My decision to remain with the company because of my friendship with the majority owner, and the handsome paycheck, was a colossal error. The resulting issues were wholly unpredictable to me, but Dad saw it coming. If I’d only listened to Dad!
It was a toxic work environment where narcissistic manipulation was commonplace and “energy vampires” were everywhere. Truth and comity were often absent. Few took responsibility for their actions. Passive aggression at the highest levels destroyed self-confidence and hampered both production and trust. More than a few empire builders on staff were willing to destroy others in their selfish ladder-climbing quests for power and prestige. Two such individuals, with serious insecurity issues, made my life particularly miserable. One was a towering tree. He carried a gun and threatened me on multiple occasions. On one such occasion, he threatened me with his firearm.
Where was the business owner during those years? Present, but disconnected. An appeaser who chose to ignore underlying issues and ongoing victimization. That added to workplace stress.
In retrospect? Dad’s correct. “Life’s too short.” My health and peace of mind would have been served well if I’d extricated myself from that untenable situation far sooner.
We should all consider the wisdom and love behind reminders that “Life’s too short,” when we have loved ones or close friends who genuinely care about our well-being. Indeed, life is too short. A plethora of scientific studies demonstrates a shortening of life when stress becomes part of the fabric of our lives.
Workplace stressors can undermine emotional stability, aggravate existing physical and mental issues, result in cardiovascular damage and digestive disorders; as well as create relationship issues outside the workplace. Dietary changes will often occur and many turn to alcohol and other mind-numbing escapes. Eating disorders and financial problems will usually follow.
Stressors can be associated with temperature, lighting, sound, smells, proximity to others, etc. Driving, lost objects, and relationships. Physical and mental stresses. Influences involving harmful chemicals, drugs, and alcohol.
Steps to Solving Stress Problems
The first logical step is to extricate oneself, where and when possible, from stress-inducing people, places, and things. Second, seek spiritual relief. Third, find direction from trusted family, friends, and associates. Fourth, become familiar with options to better your life. Lifehack.org is an excellent resource in your quest to discover a better life path to follow. Finally, show it. Jump, smile, laugh and do that which is necessary to make certain your actions reflect how much better you feel. Letting your hair down will help reinforce lower stress or a nearly stress-free life.
The life improving guidance available in Lifehack.org articles can certainly enhance, and possibly extend, the precious time we have available in this life. After all, “Life’s too short.”
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