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A Difficult Career May Lead to Stronger Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

career, job, mental health, stressThere are many valid reasons you may want to leave a job and look for a different position. Perhaps the hours don't fit your schedule well and you see your home life suffering. Maybe the people you work with are unpleasant and you struggle to get through the day because their attitudes are difficult for you to contend with.

However, if you want to quit your job because it is just too hard and demands too much from you, you may want to think again.

According to the NPR article, "Your Tough Job May Keep You Sharp" by Maanvi Singh, German researchers have just published a study where they analyzed retirees mental sharpness over time and discovered that,

"Those who had held mentally stimulating, demanding jobs before retirement tended to do the best on the tests, the study found. And they tended to lose cognitive function at a much slower rate over the course of the study than those with the least intellectually challenging jobs."

So if you have a career that requires a lot of mental energy from you, complete with stressful deadlines and difficult problem solving challenges, you may want to stick with it. Your day-to-day mental exertion could be bolstering your mental health for years to come.

If you are interested in more information on this or related topics, visit the Career Advice or Productivity sections of our blog. 

 

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