With endless knowledge and information available right at our fingertips, making ourselves aware of all the different ways to protect our mental and physical health isn’t much of a challenge. In fact, we’re prone to looking up information for the same just so we know we are on the safe side (who hasn’t googled a headache and consequently spent a sleepless night worrying about a brain tumour?). Therefore, it is harmless to assume that we know about all the terrifying factors that can harm our health.
However, did you know that seemingly innocent and safe objects or elements in your life can also damage your health irreversibly? Warning: Once you are done reading this list, there’s a high chance you’ll give a lot of things in your office (or home) a death glare. Here are 4 surprising things around you that can be quite harmful to your health:
1. Your Chair can cause Cervical Spondylosis
Most offices are gracious enough to provide ergonomic furniture for the health and safety of their employees. But putting your blind faith in these chairs can be really dangerous. This is mainly because with the highly competitive job market, you get highly competitive employees. Frequent long hours spent at the office with a laptop humming along and deadlines piling up can make you develop cervical spondylosis, even if you’re too young for it. Be prepared for a lifetime of throbbing pain in your back and neck, and physiotherapy sessions replacing movie nights on the weekends. There are more than 10 million cases of this condition every year in India with a large amount of cases being reported in the 20-40 age bracket.
2. Your New Job can cause Hypertension
Whether you’ve recent joined an MNC or start-up, the chances are that both your pay scale and your stesss levels have significantly risen. We’ve all faced days when the work to deadline ratio tips largely towards the work and we’ve all been at the receiving end of some harsh feedback. With high stress, poor sleep and an extremely sedentary lifestyle, you’re prone to developing high blood pressure. That’s not even the scariest thing about this. With high blood pressure, there aren’t any specific symptoms you can report or monitor. It just sneaks up on you. If you’re not careful it can even lead to various heart conditions such as heart attacks, thickened arteries, and strokes. High blood pressure is also extremely common, and can also occur if you fall into the 20-40 age bracket.
3. Your Teeth can Self-destruct
You can control what you say, and you can control what you eat, but here’s something that quite frequently has a mind of its own: your teeth. When you lead a stressful lifestyle like most working professionals do, you can develop a condition called bruxism. When you have bruxism, it means that you grind your teeth in your sleep as a way of coping with stress. This can wear down the enamel of your teeth and damage them completely to the point where you may need surgery.
4. Your Laptop can cause eye-damage
Ah, your trusty laptop. It’s where you work, it’s where you play. Unfortunately, your laptop is one of the things you need to be wary of when it comes to your health. No matter how low you turn down the brightness of your screen, you will eventually suffer from some damage to your eye sight, especially if you’re prone to spending long hours in front of it. There isn’t much that you can do about this. If you’ve got to work, you’ve got to work, but you’ve also got to be ready to sport glasses a few years from now (if you aren’t wearing them already). Dry and itchy eyes are also some of the side effects of staring at the laptop screen.
Living a healthy lifestyle and being able to control your work hours (ha! You wish) can help prevent these irreversible health conditions from developing. But most importantly, the one that is under your complete control- financial protection through a comprehensive health insurance policy against these and other physically and financially debilitating conditions can and should be availed of so you can focus on just getting better!