After a very stressful day at work, what are you likely to do: Go for a run or head straight home? Many people tend to choose the second option, despite the physical and mental health benefits of exercise. 

Studies have shown that the more pressure you have in your job, the least likely you are to exercise. This could be down to how much control you might have over the work you do. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

In one study, 100 people were asked to participate in a workplace simulation. Some of the participants were asked to answer emails and solve maths-related problems. The remaining participants were asked to answer calls from customers. Those who answered high-demand calls were asked to serve the customers with a smile. However, those answering emails only had to act authentically. 

Once these tasks were complete, all of the participants were asked to spend up to 15 minutes on an exercise bike. As was expected, people who had to answer high-demand calls spent a lot less time on the exercise bike. What this shows is that our job does not just affect us at work, it can affect our personal lives.

If it’s easier to “switch off” from work, people might feel more inclined to engage in exercise after work. If it’s hard to “switch off” from work, you might not get the stress relief and other benefits that exercise brings. Instead, you could spend the rest of your day feeling stressed and thinking about work. 

Jobs that have high levels of demand don’t just affect people at work, they affect people outside of work too. Even after a really stressful day, getting some exercise can make a world of difference. 

We offer mental health support in Brayton, Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk