On-the-Job Stress

Whether you live in Idaho or Timbuktu, working under high-stress conditions for months and years on end can wreak havoc on your overall health. Before you dismiss how stressed you've been, you should know that chronic stress rears its ugly head in dozens of ways, both physically and mentally.

When ignored long enough in extreme situations, it can shave years off your life.  

Excessive stress robs you of sleep & peace of mind. 

A study on the National Library of Medicine's website points to excessive stress as a major sleep disruptor. 

Despite what a lot of people think, you can't always erase a sleep deficit by playing catch-up on the weekends. Even when you can, inconsistent or poor sleep quality can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure. 

The less time our bodies have to rest and recharge, the more undue pressure we put on our heart and blood vessels.

You're not crazy, you're stressed out.

We've all been there. Sometimes, on-the-job pressures and stressors get so out of control that you feel like you're losing your mind. The folks at Forbes say you should use that rock-bottom as a wake-up call. 

Need some inspiration to protect your mental health? Research shows unmanaged stress and anxiety can lead to degenerative brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's. 

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And it doesn't end there. According to experts such as the Cleveland Clinic and VeryWellMind, the likelihood you'll deal with high blood pressure, heart attacks, brain fog, hormone imbalances, and strokes increases the longer your stress remains unchecked.

If you're stretched beyond what your mind and body can handle, you might work in one of the Gem State's most stressful job fields. 

Scroll on for the 20 of the most stress-inducing jobs in Idaho. 

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