It can happen at home and it can happen at work
Work-related stress may reduce quality of work, life
Hypertension and stress are usually directly related
While the essence of hard work earned many individuals success, prosperity and recognition in their chosen field of endeavor, the inability to balance work and life may increase stress levels, reducing the quality of their output and more importantly, make them more prone to many maladies like hypertension and heart disease.
The Grant Thornton International survey reported that 76 percent of Filipino business owners are highly stressed, pointing out that taking on heavy workload often is the most significant driver.
“Prioritizing work over quality of life could only do harm than good,” said Tomas Marcelo G. Agana, III, President and CEO of Pharex Health Corp. “The quality of your work, for one, will be affected. When that happens, everything will follow.”
Several studies emphasized that an employee’s lifestyle affects his or her work output. In fact, a research conducted in 2010 revealed that unhealthy lifestyle choices make workers less productive and even increases work absenteeism.
Agana added, “When the quality of work goes down, chances are, your job will be affected. Poor quality of work will only result in poor output and this will affect everyone, be it your employees or your customers.”
But more than just the output, work-related stress could also lead to a host of health concerns like hypertension, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
In the Philippines, 28 percent of adults have hypertension, a known chronic disease which causes the heart to work harder than necessary to pump blood to the rest of your body. It quietly damages the body, causing poor quality of life and can even lead to a fatal heart attack.
“Stressful situations like overworking yourself may cause the blood pressure to spike,” Agana said. “While it is unlikely for people to stop working, steps can be taken to mitigate the effects of stress at work like improving sleeping habits, eating healthily, and drinking alcohol moderately.”
Agana added, “Every Filipino, regardless of his or her age, is at risk of hypertension especially when they are subjected to stress at work every day. This is why working people, most especially those who are building their careers, should bear in mind that maintaining a healthy work habit is imperative to save lives.”
For people who are already diagnosed with hypertension and other chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, maintaining a healthy work habit is enough to prevent illnesses.
“Being diagnosed with hypertension or cardiovascular disease is not the end of the world. People with these diseases only need to take care of themselves more by following their doctors’ advice, especially when it comes to taking their medicines,” Agana said.
With this, Pharex HealthCorp., the most prescribedgeneric brand,ensures that Filipinos in the working group—particularly those who have chronic diseases—have access to affordable healthcare through high-quality medicine.
“People with hypertension or heart disease should learn to comply with their medication schedule to improve the quality of their lives,” Agana emphasized. “For them to continue giving their families a better life, they should start improving theirs.”
Pharex, short for Pharmaceutical Excellence, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. which offers affordable medication to Filipinos. The company serves as the exclusive marketing, sales, and distribution arm of Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (Pascuallab), one of the country’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies for the past decade.
To date, Pharex is gaining ground as an advocate of consistent healthy living, highlighting the importance of high-quality medication made for every Filipino regardless of his or her work priorities.
Agana concluded, “If you want to improve your lifestyle, you need to balance all aspects in your life. Then, you’ll be surprised how your stress-free work translates to more business opportunities in the future and more importantly, the quality of life you deserve.”