High Stress Jobs Can Actually End With Brain Stroke, Suggests New Research

High Stress Jobs Can Actually End With Brain Stroke, Suggests New Research

 

Have you ever played this new game on Internet called “Guess how will you die?” and laughed over the funny answers? But, scientists have taken it really seriously and revealed how you will die if you have a job that is causing you too much mental tension. A new study conducted by researchers from the Department of Cardiology at the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China has recently reported that people who suffer from too much work-stress and mental tension are most likely to suffer from brain stroke.

Researchers looked at the data of 6 previous studies that analysed the relationship between high job stress and health risks and revealed that people who had high stress jobs showed stroke risk 22% higher than those with low stress positions. For this study researcher grouped 14,000 employees based on the stress levels in their job.  The researchers specifically noted that women showed much higher (33%) risk of suffering stroke due to high job stress. High job stress was defined as time pressure, mental demands and coordination burdens. Physical labour and total number of hours worked were not included.

Stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is obstructed. During a stroke, the brain does not receive enough oxygen or nutrients, causing brain cells to die. Ischemic stroke occurs when the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain get blocked. Work-stress has been reported to increase the risk of ischemic stroke. In the study the researchers found that people with high work-stress were 58% more likely to have an ischemic stroke.

Scientists are not sure about the biological mechanism for this association; however some experts blame high levels of cortisol in the blood. High work-stress causes increase in production of stress hormones in the body that stay elevated for long periods of time. Cortisol is known to cause inflammation in the body which has been positively linked to heart diseases. Other reasons could be unhealthy stress management habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption or even consumption of calories rich fatty food.  Why do people reach for sugary foods when under stress?

Experts therefore suggest having more stress management policies at work, these may include giving flexible work hours, letting people take decisions in their tasks, reducing pressure from supervisor, etc.

Why do people with best jobs report being extremely stressed? What are you doing to manage your stress?

Stress and anxiety can cause to several ill effects on your mental and physical health. Massage therapy is a great way to reduce the physical as well as mental effects of stress. At Four fountains De-Stress Spa we provide holistic and scientific programmes that solve several health issues caused by stress. Learn more about these therapeutic stress management programmes

7 Workplace Stressors That Are Secretly Impairing Your Health

7 Workplace Stressors That Are Secretly Impairing Your Health

 

A 2015 research paper released by experts from Harvard and Stanford Business Schools reveals that work-related stress can be fatal to health. Work-related stress is highlighted as a serious issue because the experts have found it is more dangerous than diabetes, or Alzheimer’s disease. The experts have drawn this conclusion as their research showed that job stress is associated with some health issues such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and decreased mental health.

Finding the stressor is the first step towards stress management. However, many times we fail to identify the real cause that leads to work-related stress. Through their study the researchers have exposed 7 work place stressors that could be secretly impairing your mental and physical health.

1. Work Demands

Numerous studies have reported that people who have a stressful job tend to suffer from several health issues such as pain, tiredness and sleep problems. Work-related stress and poor mental health together can also contribute to a range of physical illnesses including hypertension, diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions.

2. Job Insecurity

Due to fluctuating economic conditions many employees remain under constant pressure of losing jobs. Studies report that people who work with downsizing firms show more than two-fold increase in sickness leaves.

3. Lack of Health Insurance

Lack of health insurance increases financial burden on the employees. Many employees even report delaying their health screening due to lack of insurance. This increases number of cases that get diagnosed with chronic illnesses at an advanced stage.

4. Lay Offs

Loss of job can directly affect mental and physical health of employees. Many people suffer from excessive stress due to sudden financial burden. In addition, loss of social respect or identity that is associated with productive employment may also increase mental stress. One study found that people who lost their job were at double risk of experiencing depression. Furthermore, nearly 80 percent people who were laid off from their job reported to have poor health.

5. Long Working Hours and Shifts

Although the job offers describe work time of 8 to 9 hours, most of the employees end up working extra hours each day. Research suggests that too much work pressure can be hazardous to health. Studies suggest that long work hours are associated with self-reported hypertension among professionals who have a high demanding job.

 6. Inability to Balance Personal and Professional Life

This is one issue that most working professionals can relate to. With long working hours and increasing demands at work, many people spend very less time with their family.  Lack of social interaction, family time or even hobbies cause many people to have poor mental health. Scientists have found that work-family conflicts can lead to poorer mental health and increase risk of alcohol consumption among working professionals.

 7. UNFAIR MANAGEMENT

Recent research suggests that unfair treatment from the higher authorities is an important job stressor. Injustice at work can affect psychological health, and ultimately, even the physical health of employees.

The study sends an alarming signal to all those working professionals who are under constant work pressure and yet fail to take some productive measure for stress management. With the increasing demands and equal achievements at work, don’t let your health take a back seat.

Help yourself to de-stress through a massage therapy 

5 Fragrances That Can Impact Your Body and Mind

5 Fragrances That Can Impact Your Body and Mind

 

Fresh Lemon, Musk, Spicy Cinnamon, Tuberose and more! Can you name your favorite fragrance? Many of us would be able to reply instantly. Some may have to take a while to decide which should be chosen as the best. But, great fragrance surely is a mood lifter. Have you had a moment when you could co-relate a particular smell to a certain event in your life and wonder why? This happens because smell can evoke strong emotional reactions. The olfactory neurons from nose that sense smell have a direct link to the brain structures that determine our emotions. Therefore, there is a strong neurological basis for why certain fragrances trigger our emotions. This mechanism forms the basis for Aromatherapy Massage that uses various aromatic oils to heal health ailments. Here we have listed 5 fragrances that have strong impact on our body and mind.

 

Lavender

Lavender oil is obtained from flowers of Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis. The plant name has its origin in latin term Lavare, which means “to wash”. Lavender oil is used commonly for its fresh and sweet fragrance in preparation such as soaps, shampoos, bathing oils, perfumes etc. Lavender essential oil is believed to be effective in treating stress, anxiety, headaches, migraines, sleep problems, depression, and many other illnesses. Clinical studies provide evidence that lavender oil can effectively reduce the state of anxiety and provide mental calmness. Try Aromatherapy Massage performed using French Lavender to manage your anxiety

 

Ylang-Ylang

Ylang-Ylang essential oil is extracted from flowers of Cananga odorata. It has an excellent and fascinating fragrance. This essential oil is used commonly in cosmetics, fragrances and perfumes. Studies suggest that Ylang-Ylang oil can cause significant mental calmness and relaxation. The Ylang-Ylang oil has also been reported to decrease blood pressure. One study reported that aromatherapy using essential oils such as Ylang-Ylang and lavender caused decreased in stress hormone cortisol.

 

Lemon

Lemon essential oil is extracted from the Citrus limonum (also known as Citrus Limon). Research suggests that lemon oil can effectively reduce anxiety and depression. The lemon essential oil has also been reported to improve impaired memory.

 

Spearmint

 

Spearmint oil is extracted from Mentha spicata. It is mainly used as an antimicrobial agent. However, due to its menthol content, it also helps to relax nerves and muscle spasms.

 

Bergamot


Bergamot oil is obtained from tree Citrus aurantium var. bergamia. The oil is used commonly to treat some skin conditions due to its anti-bacterial properties. Some experts believe that Aromatherapy Massage using Bergamot Oil can help reducing symptoms of anxiety. In one study, researchers found that topical application of lavender and bergamot oils resulted in reduction of blood pressure, and also caused mental calmness and relaxation.

 

Clove

Clove oil is obtained from an aromatic herb Syzygium aromaticum. Since it is a very potent oil, it is usually blended with other essentials oils to use in aromatherapy. When used externally on the body clove oil can relieve muscle and joint pain. It is also thought to be useful in treatment of muscle cramps and soreness of muscles. Try our Signature Green Tea Scrubassage that uses a special blend of clove and green tea leaves.

Each essential oil and aroma has a different significance. Therefore, Four Fountain De-Stress Spa offers Aromatherapy Massage using different aromatic oils for treating Anxiety, Fatigue and Skin Problems. Click here to check the details of each therapy.

6 Simple Ways to Manage Anxiety

6 Simple Ways to Manage Anxiety

Certain events in everyday life such as rising electricity bills, loan premiums, hiked tuition fees, deadlines at work etc. put many of us to worry. Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress and danger. We all tend to get extremely worried and feel anxious from time to time as a normal reaction to stressful situations. However, at times we experience extreme fear and worry that does not subside easily. Being extremely worried about everyday issues can impact our day to day activities and may also show effects on mental and physical health. While it’s not possible to completely eliminate stress and anxiety from life, we can surely take some measure to prevent it from taking charge of our life. Here are some simple and easy lifestyle habits that can help to keep anxiety away.

 

Practice Deep Breathing

 

When you get extremely worried, you may have increase heart rate and experience shortness of breath. To avoid further physical consequences, try to calm down and take a deep breath. Practice deep breathing for about 1 minute at a time and repeat this for 10-15 times at situations that make you feel very anxious. E.g. before appearing for an interview, before hearing your test reports etc.

 

 Don’t Hesitate to Laugh Out Loud

 

 

Laughing is a great way to release your tensions. Find a moment to laugh out loud. You may choose to watch funny movies, talk to someone or read comic books when you feel extremely worried about some situations.

 

Limit Alcohol

 

Consuming alcohol seems like an easy option to release your worries. But, alcohol intake is an extremely unhealthy means of stress release, which shows its effect only for a limited period. Therefore, try and limit consumption of alcoholic beverages.

 

Sleep Well

 

Getting enough sleep can improve your mental health and help you to better manage your anxiety. Read why do you need sleep?

 

Eat Right

 

There is no specific diet plan that can help you when you are extremely worried. However, it is important to consume a healthy diet for overall physical and mental health. Make sure you include lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals. Consumption of fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids has been reported to improve mental health.

 

 Consider Going for Aromatherapy Massage

 

Aromatherapy massage is performed using essential oils obtained from medicinal herbs. The oils reach the blood circulation during massage and create mental calmness and provide relief from stress and anxiety. Aromatherapy massage with essential oils can stimulate the release of brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine which regulate mood and reduce anxiety.

Four Fountains De-Stress Spa, the best spa in Mumbai offers Aromatherapy Massage that helps you to forget your tensions and overcome anxiety. Try the massage at a spa location nearest to you.

Four Culprits of Low Work Productivity You Should Not Ignore

Four Culprits of Low Work Productivity You Should Not Ignore

 

Work stress has become a major reason of low work productivity in many organizations. Research suggests that employees who are stressed are more likely to show poor engagement, high absenteeism and be less motivated at work. This causes a significant impact on the corporate sector in terms of high attrition, high healthcare costs/premiums and low work productivity.

Many employees blame low interest in their job, poor management team, conflicts between co-workers, or even lack of direction for their lack of performance. However, the root causes could be very personal and related to one’s health. Did you know that lack of adequate sleep, mental conditions such as anxiety or some pain disorders can lower your work performance? Here we have listed some statistics from Indian workforce and how health condition can actually be the real culprits of your low work productivity

Pain

Pain is the most common medical problem experienced by general population.

  • As per one study conducted in India, nearly 30 percent of production workers and 12 percent of office workers report more than seven days of sick leave due to chronic low back pain
  • More than 80 percent people using computers for more than four hours complain of back pain
  • Nearly 77 percent computer professionals report eye pain, headache, pain/stiffness in neck , shoulder and lower back pain

Lack of Sleep

As suggested by the sleep guidelines (from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), adults need to sleep for about 7 to 8 hours daily. Adequate sleep is necessary for normal functioning of our brain. However, almost a third of Indian working professionals sacrifice sleep to fit in personal and work commitments. People who do not get enough sound sleep at night tend to be less motivated, irritated and lethargic during day. Since poor sleep is associated with decreased alertness, impaired judgment, and poor physical coordination, it can lead to low productivity.

Anxiety

It is fairly common for most of us to be worried about everyday issues. However, being constantly worried or anxious can eventually start taking a toll on our health. Accordingly to some statistics, nearly 55 percent Indians working in call centre report suffering from anxiety due to work stress. Too much worry may show physical symptoms such as racing heart, excessive sweating, restlessness, chest pain and sleeplessness. In addition, people with excessive anxiety have low energy levels and show poor concentration at work.

Fatigue

A stressful lifestyle leaves most of the working professionals mentally and physically tired.  The feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy is called fatigue, which can directly impact your ability to think and function normally. People who are fatigued show poor concentration and attention at work. Fatigue not only leads to lower efficiency at work, but also increases risk of accidents and injuries.

Work stress affects almost every employee in the corporate sector. It is not possible to change the scenario overnight, and avoid the stressors in your life. Modern lifestyle will always be full of turmoil and tensions. It’s you, who needs to take control of your health. Cigarette smoking or consuming too much coffee to overcome stress is extremely unhealthy. There are some great natural ways to de-stress yourself. Meditation, yoga practices, massage therapies, etc. are some of the healthy ways to manage your stress.

De-stress yourself by trying a relaxing Aromatherapy Massage and take the first step towards eliminating the culprits of low work productivity from your professional life.