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Work dissatisfaction linked to poor health

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Julie Wanner, CMA, AS, FIFHI Certified, Author of "Diabetes Can Be Sweet...Once You Bury It."

Recently, while reading a book titled, “The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People” written by Carol Eikleberry, PhD I realized why so many of my diabetes clients were constantly stressed in their jobs. Sometimes, clients were just trying to keep their blood sugars in a normal range to prevent Type 2 diabetes. However, even if they exercised, lost weight, and ate the right foods their blood sugars were still high while at work. The jobs were not even considered high stress.

We have all heard that work satisfaction contributes to good health. What you may not realize is your job dissatisfaction contributing to not only Type 2 diabetes but heart disease as well. For a moment, just think about how much time you spend at work. Now, do you feel like it is a good fit or a mismatch? If it is a mismatch your health is in danger. You will not feel good emotionally, mentally, or physically.

According to Holland’s theory which is listed in the book, there are six basic personality types in the world of work, and six basic work environments. The idea is to go into a work environment that most closely fits your personality. What I like about this is you can begin right now by comparing your interests to Holland’s six model types. Here’s a quick overview, since you’ll need to have the book in order to complete the test. He has listed under artistic several occupations like actor, architect, author, dancer, and editor. Under social he has listed clergy member, counselor, nurse, social worker, and teacher. Under enterprising he lists executive, lawyer, manager, realtor, and salesperson. Under realistic he has farmer, pilot, plumber, police officer, and soldier. Under investigative he has computer programmer, mathematician, dentist, physician, and research scientist. Under conventional he lists accountant, banker, medical records technician, receptionist, and secretary. These are just some of the occupations he has listed. In the book “The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People” there is a complete interest test which will give you an idea of whether or not you are a creative type. Also, when you are finished, you can read the descriptions of Holland’s six personality types.

I was fascinated by this as a client’s health is always linked to their work. Did you know that high blood sugars can be caused from job dissatisfaction? Yes. For an example, have you ever felt like you just don’t belong in your work environment? The artistic type prefers an unstructured work environment in which there is opportunity for self-expression. Artistic people describe themselves as being creative and unconventional and having ability with art, music, drama, or language. The conventional type prefers work structure to which they can conform. This is why an author working as a banker is a mismatch.

After reading and reviewing I highly recommend “The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People.” This book will help you determine what work environment is best for you. Start a new and exciting adventure today by buying your own personal copy from Amazon.

*The above content is a brief excerpt for the purpose of my book review “The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People” by author, Carol Eikleberry, PhD.

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