|What if you have a bad boss?|
If a person is interested in exercising more (for example) and feels they can control the variables in their lives to accommodate for it, they will be more apt to succeed. Conversely, if one feels their lives are out of control, they will not be too successful at adding exercise to their already busy day. Research suggests that those who feel in control of their lives, work, personal life, etc., report a higher quality of life. This may relate to less stress and stress-related illness.
Remember, chronic stress is a sure way to get sick. Those who work or live in stressful environments, if left unchecked, will experience higher levels of illness than their counterparts. The best thing you can do for yourself is to create more awareness of the situation and it's health risks and make a list of what you can do about it (and what you can't). Doesn't the Serenity Prayer include..."....grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." Not only is it useful for programs such as AA, this would be a useful mantra for health promotion!
That's all I got for now...