Take care of your heart when working from home Take care of your heart when working from home

Work-related stress, in addition to affecting people’s mental health, is also a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. 

According to the National Study of Mental Health in Colombia, about 40% of the active working population between 18 and 65 years old have suffered some kind of psychiatric disorder associated with stress at some point in their life. This is why it is so important to control, especially now in times of isolation. A predominant factor is the need to be self-demanding in order to comply with society’s stereotypes, achieve success that adjusts to each person’s expectations and that of their bosses, as well as submit themselves to hostile work environments as a professional challenge.

Be familiar with the warning signs that you or someone in your family may present, which need to be addressed:

–          Regular fatigue

–          Constant sweating

–          Gastrointestinal discomfort

–          Need to eat excessively

–          Constant insomnia

–          Nervous tics, irritability and/or lack of concentration

Here are some recommendations for managing work-related stress, which can help you deal with this temporary situation:

  • Prioritize, organize, and decide
  • Breathe deeply and be patient
  • Do not take personal problems to work or vice versa
  • Find time for everything
  • Do relaxing exercises
  • Say no to cigarettes and alcohol

In addition to following these recommendations, it is essential to have regular tests to check your heart health starting at age 45. This way, if there is a problem, it will be much easier to get timely treatment.

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