02 Apr Effect of Stress Later in Your career
The Effects of Stress Later in Your Career
Stress affects us all at some point in our lives, particularly as we get older. Things start to change dramatically both at home and at work. Unfortunately, research shows that less than 25 percent of workers over the age of 55 feel valued by their company and 80 percent of these older employees have suffered work-related stress. So, what impact can this workplace stress have on the health of senior workers? What are the long-term repercussions?
Short Term Effects
Work related stress can have short-term mental and physical effects. Older adults may find it more difficult to cope with stress. The heart fitness and the immune system are affected by the body’s natural ageing process. You may become ill more frequently when suffering from stress. You may suffer from stomach aches and digestive problems. Your ability to sleep may suffer and you may start to stay absent from work due to sickness.
Long Term Stress
How does long-term stress affect senior health? Some people may be working past the age of retirement which can be difficult if there are underlying health issues. Heart disease can be caused by stress due to the rise in blood pressure over time. Mental illness can be another long-term result. The anxiety and depression causing sick leave from work. When you are at a later stage of life, you may have fewer people around you, making it more difficult to seek support but you can find ways to cope.
How to Cope
Stress later on in your career is an unfortunate experience for anyone but being stressed in the later stages can cause many to take early retirement. Feelings of powerlessness may result as you can feel trapped in your job and unable to change careers at a late stage. Try to identify the source of your stress. Is it workload? Is it fear of retirement? Research shows many over 50s are afraid of the financial stresses of career retirement and may continue working as a result. Try to seek support from your employer as they may be able to make reasonable adjustments or flexible hours to help you cope with the changes associated with getting older and to help you adjust to future retirement.
You may want to try some methods to lessen your stress. Breathing exercises can help you to think more rationally while stressed. Although you may feel like strenuous exercise is not possible at this stage of your life, some walking or an exercise class can help lift your mood.