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Your stressful job may have you headed for an early grave.
Chronic stress from working in a demanding environment can lead to serious health-related consequences. Spending even long hours at your desk is linked heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.
Here are seven signs that your job could seriously shorten your lifespan.
#1. work stress
It is not uncommon for a job to become a constant source of stress. When my clients come to me for help with little to no work-life balance, I encourage them to deploy what I call the “productivity traffic light system.”
Essentially, put tasks and duties into defined categories – anything critical or urgent goes into the red category, things that are important but not prioritized come into the orange category and those tasks that need to be done end up in the green category. The system is designed to prevent overwhelm and burnout by allowing you to focus on just a few things at a time.
#2. affected sleep
Lying in bed at night solving problems and repeating work conversations instead of sleeping will almost certainly affect your health.
Outlets provide a great way to manage your stress and regain your sleep. I encourage my clients to take regular breaks from work and temporarily distance themselves from stressful situations. Go for that walk, grab a coffee or play that tennis session. By adding some stress-free to the stressful, nervous tension and negative feelings, they can then be turned into positive energy.
#3. Feeling depressed
According to a Gallup world poll, 85% of people are unhappy in their work. If work is just the means to an end, you may recognize certain signs of depression, for example, increased junk food or a lack of motivation when it comes to completing your job or even taking care of yourself.
First and foremost, it is important to maintain perspective. Give yourself a pep talk, but don’t be afraid to seek help. The second thing to do is stop procrastinating and start doing. Make all the changes necessary for your well-being.
#4. Lack of working limits
It’s said that you should never take work home with you, but for many of us that’s easier said than done, especially in the electronic, digital age of remote work. As working from home becomes more and more common, it is important that you can set boundaries between your work and your private life.
The best way to do this is to learn to say no, as people who like to please are easy targets for those who want to take advantage. If you want people to respect your boundaries, communication and consistency are key.
If you find yourself getting angry, snappy, and aggressive at work, then it’s time to take a serious step back.
When you feel anger rising, it’s best to remove yourself from the situation immediately. Go elsewhere and focus on taking deep, long breaths until you feel like you’ve calmed down.
#6. No free time
Do you rarely have free time? We live in a society that is constantly connected, so more and more our colleagues expect us to respond to text messages and emails almost constantly. In fact, some employees feel enormously guilty when asking for much-needed time off.
If we make sure we are productive, instead of just being busy, we can work on feeling less guilty about taking and enjoying free time.
#7. not feeling well
Do you suddenly get sick more often? Stress puts your immune system at risk, so you may catch a cold more often.
It’s crucial that you keep work and home separate, know when enough is enough and give your mind a chance to get out of work mode to achieve a healthy work-life balance. Feel fulfilled at the end of the day, but not exhausted.
To achieve this, build a routine† Wake up, get some exercise or meditate, then start your day. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour before you start your workday after you wake up. And don’t forget to eat healthy.
Each of us must do a self-check and check in with ourselves, as your job posting will be posted faster than your obituary. You have one life, live it well.