Hating your job in your 20s could be related to health problems down the line 5 years ago

Hating your job in your 20s could be related to health problems down the line

Sometimes quitting your job can be the best decision for your health.

A lot of jobs come with stresses and pressures that are simply too much to bear if you want to live a happy life. A recent study has confirmed that workers who experience low levels of job satisfaction in their 20s and 30s are more likely to have an increased risk of mental health problems in their 40s.

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The research, carried out by Ohio State University, found no increase or decrease in the risk of mental health problems for those who reported high or very high job satisfaction over the same period.

Of the 6500 participants, those who reported job dissatisfaction in the first iteration of the study (which began in 1979) also reported worse general mental health, higher levels of depression and more difficulty sleeping.

An obvious caveat for a study like this is that people who do suffer from mental health problems might be less likely to experience job satisfaction in the first place - perhaps because they are already living with depression, or struggling to sleep.

The correlation between low job satisfaction and mental health issues may not be a causal one, but the evidence shows that the two are certainly in some way connected - with those who dislike their job 46% more likely to be diagnosed with "emotional problems", according to Live Science.