Making a living isn’t easy. You have to get a job or start a venture (if you’re lucky). With time, our work becomes a significant part of our daily routine. In terms of statistics, the average person spends about 90,000 hours at a workstation in their life. However, suppose you regularly find yourself at your desk on the threshold of tears or dread getting out of bed every Monday through Friday. In that case, you probably have a more significant problem, meaning your job is lethal.
Even if you plan to live by the “it’ll pass” rule, please know it won’t. A toxic job will forever remain unhealthy. And staying in a state where you constantly have to beg yourself to stay awake and focused can lead to several unpleasant health problems.
So, how do you know if your job is slowly sending you to death? Here are some telltale signs:
- You’re hesitant to seek help
Everyone needs assistance from superiors or peers at some point in their career, regardless of how seasoned they are. Sometimes it could be something specific to your line of work, like a different report format, new software, or general career advice. Your reasons for not speaking up may be because your workplace exhibits unhealthy energy (literally). Your work could also entail the management of harmful materials, such as asbestos that could lead to a possible health decline.
Unfortunately, asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma (deadly cancer). From construction to chemical and even the navy field, asbestos is found in various products, equipment, and even buildings. In the navy, for instance, many veterans were exposed to this substance, causing them to develop mesothelioma. If that is your case, please know that reliable institutions exist to provide help for vets and ensure proper treatment and care guidance.
- You have difficulty relaxing
A sure sign of being stressed out due to your job is that you find it hard to relax. That’s primarily caused by the continuous need to be “on” or locked into a constant high level of readiness. It can be challenging to unwind when you are working a highly stressful job, such as one where you must deal with an ongoing stream of emergency cases. The situation may worsen if you must be on call, even during your off-hours.
Furthermore, you might find it difficult to unwind because you never have time, and that issue is frequently ignored. You must take regular breaks from work to relax and recharge to perform at your best. To fulfill your job well, you must take those breaks from work and plan to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Any job could contribute to depression depending on the surroundings and the level of assistance offered. A lack of work-life balance, job insecurity, and overwork are some of the most prevalent aspects of depression in employed people.
Your capacity for decision-making, task completion, communication, time management, and social interaction may all be impacted by depression.
- You’re getting a lot of headaches
We’re all familiar with the usual symptoms of a tension headache, such as the tight band of tension around your head, tensed neck muscles, and increasing pressure. Headaches can occur due to various factors, including your way of life and the stress you experience at work. The headache brought on by your job will be made worse by stuffy offices, caffeine use, dehydration, and poor desk posture. You should consider your job a possible cause if you experience daily pain and need to take headache medications.
- You use alcohol as a sedative
As per Business News Daily, chronic job stress is widespread among American workers. It is prevalent among men, who are more likely to experience job stress. Numerous factors can contribute to work-related stress. These workplace stressors can be momentary, like the pressure to finish a project on time or prepare a speech. And people might not realize it, but workplace stress is long-term (chronic).
And trying to work more than 40 hours per week may increase your propensity to consume alcohol in “dicey” quantities. That works to at least 21 drinks for men and 14 for women each week. A life-threatening condition may become more likely if you drink too much alcohol.
- Your desire for intimacy wanes
What you value is reflected in how you spend your time. Relationships may suffer if you carry work into the home. According to the American Psychological Association, women’s sex drive may decline when they balance continual monetary and personal responsibilities with their professional stress. Male libido may decrease due to chronic stress in men because of reduced testosterone production. Time is another consideration. People complain that they don’t have enough time for any physical activity.
Disorders of anxiety are pretty prevalent. About 18% of adult Americans suffer from anxiety. It manifests as feelings of tension while working, drowsiness, restlessness, and difficulties focusing. You are unable to perform at your best because of these symptoms. Anxiety at work has many causes. A toxic work environment, too many responsibilities, sour work relationships, and subpar work output are a few of them. An anxiety disorder can significantly harm your ability to work. You might even decline opportunities for career advancement due to anxiety.
- You don’t exercise anymore
It can be detrimental to your well-being if you are too busy or stressed out to exercise because of work. Physical activity should be an integral part of every individual’s life, regardless of occupation.
In addition to possibly causing weight gain, all the other health problems associated with it are:
- High cholesterol levels
- Diabetes type 2
- Heart condition
- Elevated blood pressure
No matter how demanding a job is, scheduling fitness activities is crucial to warding off risk factors like these.
When there comes a time in your professional life when you are consumed by your job and start to witness the signs above, it is time to let go. You are, after all, only human, so being overused can prove detrimental. So, look out for these signs and keep an eye on your workplace to see if anything improves/worsens. Eventually, it will help you make better decisions for your well-being.