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Your Shitty Job Can Make You Sick According to OSU Study

614now Staff



After graduating high school or college, young adults are thrust into the job market with little to no advice. Oftentimes, just finding a job is top priority while liking whatever job you might find is put on the back burner. Money over job satisfaction rules, and watching everyone around you find a job doesn’t help.

These decisions may not be the healthiest in the long run. According to a new Ohio State University study, job satisfaction in your 20s and 30s has a link to your overall health in your early 40s.

Researchers found that job satisfaction had its biggest impact on mental health, resulting in declining mental health if your job satisfaction remained low or declined from the start of your career.

This study was done with over 6,000 Americans who first participated in National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, which followed adults who were between the ages of 14 and 22 when the survey began in 1979, according to the OSU news article.

As a recent graduate I can attest to crap jobs; if I’m not happy in my workplace it affects my day-to-day. Finding a job that you love makes doing everything else so much easier because you look forward to your work and time spent with coworkers.  There is so much internal and outside pressure to find a job and to be working even right after high school, so reading this study came as no surprise to me.

OSU’s study examined participants ages 25-39 on satisfaction scale of 1 (dislike very much) to 4 (like very much.) The participants were then categorized into four groups: consistently low satisfaction, consistently high satisfaction, those who started high but declined, and those who started with low satisfaction and increased over time.

Using the consistently high satisfaction group as reference, the researchers found that those who remained in the consistently low satisfaction group were reported to have higher levels of depression, sleep problems and excessive worry. They were also more likely to be diagnosed with emotional health problems.

Those whose job satisfaction started out high but declined over time reported higher levels of worry and and frequent insomnia, but were not affected with depression. (Yes, even in perfectly satisfying jobs you’re going to run into stress.)

Those in the lower satisfaction group that declined further over time reported physical health problems as well, such as back pain and frequent colds.

The study did account for the recession, as many Americans experienced the stress of destabilized economy, “The recession almost certainly increased job insecurity and dissatisfaction, and that could have resulted in more negative health effects,” said one of the study’s researchers, Jonathan Diriam.

Diriam also said that negative mental health effects from hating your job might eventually affect physical health, such as cardiovascular functioning.

Take it from this study and take it from me, find a job that makes you happy and you’ll live to a ripe old age (said the wise and ancient 22-year-old.)


Written By Paola Santiago 

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5 unique ways to improve wellness without a treadmill

Jeni Ruisch



big percentage of the resolutions we make every year involve getting in shape and/or improving our overall wellness. But running on a treadmill is only slightly more attractive an activity than, say, waiting in line at the DMV. And unless you can sit still for more than two minutes, meditation is out of the question. If you want to really challenge yourself to step outside your normal bubble, face your fears while finding balance. You’ll conquer your phobias AND the scale.


True REST Float Spa

You can achieve a state of buoyancy akin to floating on a cloud. The key is a pod filled with hyper-salinated water, heated to the temperature of your skin. Reduced Environmental Stimulus Therapy can help your mind find peace.


Life Energy Yoga

Did you ever dream of becoming an acrobat? This exercise consists of poses done with a partner. You can make human pyramids, or even learn to stand on each other’s shoulders, or contort yourselves into knots of fun.


Infinity Aerial

Raise your skills to the roof with aerial silks, the skill made popular by Cirque Du Soleil and performing artist P!nk. A long swath of fabric pours down from ceiling supports, and the performer uses friction and strength to support themselves in poses among the waterfall of silk.


Columbus Scuba

The depths of the ocean hold more mysteries than the surface of the moon. Brave men and women strap Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus to their backs every day the world over, and dive into the unknown.


The Buckeye Bounce Club

If you thank your lucky stars for gravity, and the hard ground under your feet, maybe it’s time to shake yourself free of the terra for a few ticks. The Buckeye Bounce Club is a gym where the workouts are done on wall-to-wall trampolines, or rather, ceiling-to-ceiling, as the walls themselves are bounceable, just like the floors.

Originally appeared in (614) Magazine December 2017

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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC



Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC



@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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