Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work. ~Kahlil Gibran
It’s one thing not to enjoy your job, but it is completely another if your job is actually having an impact on your health and wellness.
If you have begun to feel mentally worn out recently and can’t seem to shake the feeling, then perhaps it is time to delve a little deeper into your wellness and how your career or work is impacting it. It is important to understand what impact your career is having on your overall wellness and what steps you can take to remedy any problems caused.
Of course, quitting your job most likely isn’t an option, after all, you need to work, but changing how you work and how you take care of yourself could make a huge difference to your wellness and mental health.
Does your work impact your health?
The first to any problem is awareness. So ask yourself these 3 questions to find out if your work is negatively impacting your health.
Do you feel stressed?
Whether it is the commute to work that stresses you out or your job itself, it is important to recognize that. According to a new study, stress is particularly high in people who have a longer commute to work, making them more likely to suffer from depression and work-related anxiety. If your commute is longer than ten miles by car or 30 minutes on the bus or train, then it may be impacting your health.
While you can’t change the location of your workplace, unless you choose to move jobs, that is, what you can do is make the journey to and from work a more restful and relaxing one. Listen to music that calms and soothes you or download podcasts that excite you. You could even listen to an audiobook. Find little ways to make your commute to a from work more relaxing and less stressful.
Have you fallen out of love?
Could the problem be that you have fallen out of love with your career or your workplace in general? When you dread going to work, this has an impact on your wellness, causing you to feel anxious and stressed out. That’s why working in a role that you love at a place where you feel comfortable is so important.
Say, for example, you work in healthcare but are not satisfied with your role or your place of work, it could be worth going online and looking for new roles within the industry. For a new role in healthcare, for instance, you could browse local jobs online such as temp positions – visit 360 Healthcare Staffing for more information about this. If you have fallen out of love with your job, what you need to determine is if it is the role itself or the place that you are working.
Are you doing too much or too little?
When you are on your feet day in, day out, it begins to have an impact. It’s all well and good being healthy and active, but if you are on your feet constantly, it will start to wear you down. You will begin to feel more and more tired, and as you become more tired, you will become more stressed. Which is why it is so important to ensure that you are making time for rest and recuperation on your breaks and after work.
If you aren’t moving enough perhaps because you work in an office environment, it’s important to make time to be more active. Whether that means doing yoga at your desk or taking every opportunity that you get to go for a walk, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you are able to be as active as necessary for your wellness.
Over to you
Do you feel stressed at work? Do you often get that Sunday night anxiety feeling?
Then you may very well be in a situation where your work or career is adversely impacting your health. Now is the time to start doing something about it.
What can you do to minimize the negative impact on your health? Whatever you do, don’t let this go on forever. Something has to give because your health and life is at stake!