If you’re in your 20s and can’t stand your job, it might be time to consider looking elsewhere.
Research out of Ohio State University has found your first or second job out of university could have serious, long term impacts on your health.
Researchers surveyed more than 6,000 Americans between the ages of 14 and 22, from 1979 onward. Participants were required to record their job satisfaction periodically up until the age of 40.
Drawing on government data, they were able to simultaneously analyse the health of participants over the same period.
They found that if work makes you miserable in your 20s, your health is more likely to deteriorate in your 40s.
In fact, people who reported low job satisfaction over the course of their careers were found to have higher rates of depression and anxiety; had more issues with sleep; and experienced greater emotional problems. Their overall mental health scored markedly lower than those who enjoyed their work in their younger years.