Is manual work better for you than “mental work”?

I’m curious if there are people who have had office jobs involving a lot of “mental work” and who switched to more practical jobs, and what differences they noticed. Do you feel like you’re missing out on mental challenges? Does it make you happier? What did you notice?

I’ve only had corporate jobs involving a lot of mental work. In each job, I feel like it demands too much from me. I’m exhausted. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to do manual work. Doing and creating tangible things. What are people’s experiences with this?

For instance, I’ve noticed something with a friend I play tennis with who recently switched from being a nurse to an office job. Her focus has deteriorated so much since she stopped being a nurse. She feels much more (mentally) fatigued, although being a nurse is a tough and busy job as well. Plus, she now also has digestive issues she didn’t have before. This made me think that office jobs might not be that healthy for us. Of course the physical part but also mentally.

What do you all think?

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