If you aren’t sure if your job is hurting your health, this guide can help you look for the signs. If you see that your health is suffering because of work, it could be time to make a change.
You’re working overtime
It’s increasingly rare to find a job in this day and age that gives you the chance to leave on time every day.
Studies have shown that those who work beyond their contracted hours are at a higher risk of heart disease, depression, stroke or even alcoholism. There’s evidence to suggest that it will decrease your productivity as well, which is the last thing that you want to happen.
If you want to help yourself, try and speak with your boss. If there is no solution, and you are going to be forced to work overtime again and again, then this may mean that it is time for you to seek out another position.
Undergoing training for a new job could be right for you. Check out Aceso’s NCLEX-RN review courses if you want to expand your skills in healthcare.
You never leave your desk
Being sedentary 24 hours a day is bad for you. Sadly, the job you work might have long hours and it’s all at the desk.
If you sit for long periods of time, make sure you regularly take a few moments to stand and gently stretch. Not only will your physical body benefit from the movement but so too will your mind. When you have a change of pace, even for a couple of minutes, it can refresh your mind and you’ll get back to work with more energy.
Also, consider a sit-stand desk if you find that your back is feeling sore from sitting so much. I’ve got one and it really helps me to have that variety. Just raise it and lower it during the day to provide variety and give your back a break.
Plus, those long hours at a desk can be stressful, and that’s not good for you. It can also wreak havoc on your relationships when you’re tense and irritable because of job stress.
You’re always standing
If you look at the other side of the spectrum, you will soon see that jobs that require you to be on your feet also come with a huge number of issues. Half of the employees in the world spend around 75% of their day standing up.
It doesn’t matter whether you work in a bar or a restaurant because you have to make sure that you find the time to sit down if you can. If you are always on your feet, then this will lead to issues such as varicose veins and you may also find that you suffer from swelling in your feet and legs.
This can lead to circulatory issues, so make sure that you keep that in mind. Comfortable shoes can help you out a lot.
At the end of the day, if you feel as though your health is being put at risk, then now is the time for you to change that. If you don’t, then you may suffer from even more health conditions and this is the last thing that you want.
9 thoughts on “3 signs your job is hurting your health (and it’s time for a change)”
I fit into points 1 and 2, Christy. Like most professionals I suspect.
It’s true, those are big pain points for many of us, Robbie. xx
Such great info here, Christy. I try and not let my writing be bad for my health.
Yes, it’s good to find a balance xx
I definitely need a career change. I needed to see this today.
I’m so glad this one came at the right time for you!
A good post on your job and health. Thank you 😊
Thank YOU for being here
You are welcome!