Please Be Careful
So I've beenworking for a few years now and it has been, from what I have seen relative to my peers, a pretty normal junior experience - long hours, stressful environment, always on call, etc. I haven't been to the doctor to check my overall health in a while - the last time being shortly before my SA stint.
IB Had a Significant Impact on My Health
Well, I was at my grandparent's house with my family a few weeks ago, and just for shits and giggles, we were all getting our blood pressure readings on their testing machine. I didn't think anything of this while everyone was getting their numbers, but I took mine and it turned out to be way higher than anyone else's. It's in the upper range of stage 1 hypertension (high blood pressure) and I'm in my mid-twenties, not overweight, don't use caffeine or nicotine, exercise multiple times a week, and try to eat somewhat clean.
I immediately thought it must be wrong - I've never had high blood pressure before in my life, but then I got to thinking, and I realized that I haven't really been to the doctor in a few years and the only thing in my life that has changed substantially since my last physical is my job. I took my BP again and the same damn numbers. I went to the doctor to confirm and basically got told the same thing. It was sort of an "oh shit" moment for me. I realized I am stressed out all the time at work. I am sweating frequently, lose my appetite, and just feel beat down every single day as the work gets piled on. WFH has only made this worse. This job makes me miserable and has clearly put a strain on my mental, and subsequently, physical health.
Decided to Leave My Current Role
I always thought of myself as being a pretty healthy person and didn't put any thought into heart longevity or potentially being at risk later in life. It honestly scares the fuck out of me. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, and I have decided to leave my current role and take a job in something that is far less "prestigious", but I know will be better for me in the long term. I'm taking a slight pay cut, but I personally can't live my life like this, where I know I am damaging myself physically. I will be taking a few months off between jobs and I am going to try and focus on my health.
This point of this post is not to dissuade anyone from going into banking or to bash WFH. There is plenty of that content on this site already. It seems like so many of my friends are in the same boat where this could be taking a serious toll on them. I see so many guys stressed, strung out on caffeine, eating like shit, and doing whatever to get by. Who can blame them honestly? You do what you have to. I just advise you to please be cognizant of the legitimate long-term impacts that jobs like these can have. Stay safe out there lads. Does anyone else have similar experiences?