This was a question I had asked myself after spending almost a year at a new job.
Everyday I dreaded going to work but I thought I could power through and that eventually it would get better. However, management remained unappreciative, my coworkers continued to do the bare minimum and I felt more worn down as the days passed. After a couple months, I started to get sick constantly, I spent 10 or more hours sleeping daily and to top it all off I wanted to spend every weekend holed up in my bedroom. It took me a while to figure it out but ultimately my job was making me sick.
Some of the warning signs that your job is making you sick include:
- A Weakened Immune System: If you find you are constantly getting sick, this may be due to the stress caused by your job. Unfortunately, stress leads to corticosteroid which can then suppress the effectiveness of the immune system. It is important to note that
“chronic suppression leaves the body vulnerable to infection and disease”.
- Feeling Tired and Unmotivated: I’m sure this one seems pretty obvious but it needs to be said.
- Anxiety or depression: This can present itself in a variety of ways. Such as withdrawing from your loved ones weight gain/loss, having troubles sleeping or getting out of bed.
As you can imagine, these warning signs also come with consequences. You may have to miss work from constantly being sick or loss friends from not talking to them. Ultimately, your life can suffer. There are two solutions; practice some serious self care or find another job.
Personally, I started with self-care. This meant looking for more balance in my life, finding opportunities to travel on the weekends and I started writing again. This worked for a while but eventually I realized that my job was not right for me. Only you can decide what’s best for you but always remember that you deserve a job that fills you with joy.
If you would like to learn more about self-care here are some additional resources:
For more information here are some resources:
McLeod, S. A. (2010). Stress, illness and the immune system. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/stress-immune.html