6 Signs Your Job is Stressing You Out (and what to do about it)
|June 7, 2012||Posted by Denise under Health, Tips, Work|
There are some tell-tale signs that you are stressing out from your job. This article is a good guide to determine if you are stressed out and your job may be wearing you down. Without finding a solution, it will eventually lead to serious mental and health problems.
Subtle changes in your daily routine could point to a bigger health problem. Here are six signs that your job might be wearing you down, and six easy tips for staying healthy — physically and mentally — at work.
First, here are the tell-tale signs that your job is stressing you out.
1. Not getting enough sleep, or sleeping too much.
Some people develop insomnia as a result of stress. Others feel overtired and may get too much sleep to compensate. Either way, unusual sleep habits — especially a sudden change — should alert up a red flag.
2. Your mind wanders.
When you don’t give your mind a break from the intensity of work, it can sneakily take one for you. If you’re constantly checking your mother-in-law’s latest post on facebook, it may not be because you’re really interested in your mom-in-law. Frequently, it’s because your mind is overloaded.
3. A change in diet.
There’s a reason it’s called junk food. When you’re reaching for that bag of Lays, or skipping lunch altogether, it’s an indication that you’re not giving your body the proper health intake.
4. Slipping back into bad habits.
Stress experts say the true test of kicking a bad habit is whether or not it comes back under stress. So if you’re picking up the Marlboros again or having an extra beer or two at happy hour before heading home, there may be another culprit — stress.
5. Arriving late, or leaving early.
This isn’t just about forgetting to set the alarm. It’s about running away from the things that are causing you stress. Your subconscious is doing everything to prevent you from showing up for work!
6. Headaches, stomachaches, and other bodily discomfort.
Our bodies have many ways to react to stress. If your desk is littered with empty paracetamol bottles and antacid wrappers, you could be masking a bigger problem.
So, what to do about it?
Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Meditate.
Yes, breathing is involuntary. But you’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel when you pause and actually make a conscious effort to do it.
2. Don’t bring work at home.
When our methods of coping with stress get overloaded, we have difficulty preventing the causes from spreading. Even if you have to stay a little later, make a point of not bringing work home, or even discussing work, once you’re at home.
3. Exercise, go for a walk.
Sure, you’re busy. But the 10 minutes you spend taking a stroll around the block can help clear your head for the rest of the day — making you more productive (and less stressed) in the long run.
4. Keep photo of your love ones nearby.
More importantly, look at it often. There’s more to life than work — and bringing back positive memories, even for just a few seconds, will put you in a better frame of mind.
5. Set fun goals.
You should have a to-do list, for both business and pleasure. Listing your work-related tasks and checking them off one by one can give you a sense of completion. And it always helps to have things to look forward to in your personal life — that weekend barbeque, your next vacation, you backyard project, whatever.
Do you encounter any of these symptoms? How did you counter and fight back?