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  • Matt McTeague

Signs Your Career Is Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health

The general consensus is that it's easy to love your job, provided you're fulfilled while doing it. However, if the thought of getting out of bed every day for work is something you dread, then there might be a problem. If you are perpetually unhappy about going to work and can not explain why, there is every likelihood that your job is affecting your mental health. This article will give you pointers to know if your job is affecting your mental health.

You often feel reluctant to get out of bed in the morning

There will be days when you will not feel like getting out of bed, and it is normal to feel like spending the whole day in bed. However, if you begin to feel that way a little too often, that's your cue to either slow down or take some time off.

You don't take breaks during workdays

When you feel the need to work during break time to meet deadlines or have tons of work to do, and it encroaches into your breaks at work, it is a glaring sign that your mental health is at risk.

Working without breaks will take a great toll on your mind, as the brain and the entire body need breaks now and then to recuperate. As you are not allowing that to happen, a mental breakdown is imminent.

You don't socialize with colleagues

If you notice that you begin to turn down opportunities to socialize or hang out with your coworkers due to exhaustion and lack of interest, it is a sign that your job may be taking a toll on your mental health.

The best way to deal with a lack of interest in socializing is to make a deliberate effort to mingle with your colleagues and people you share the same space with in your work environment.

It's hard to feel positive emotions when at work

You may notice how happy and more at ease you are elsewhere but at work. If you begin to feel uncomfortable and uninspired at work and nothing seems to excite you about your work environment anymore, that job may be affecting your mental health.

You take a lot of days off

Because you feel less motivated about your job, you take days off to be in bed and at home. You do anything and everything to stay away from work. You can go as far as calling in sick on days when you are perfectly healthy.

This is a sign that you're at risk of burnout and do not derive any joy or satisfaction from work, and these symptoms you're showing are your mind and body's way of kicking against work-related stress.

You look forward to weekends

When you begin the week but are already looking forward to the weekend and daydreaming about how much time you will spend at home, it's a glaring sign that something's wrong. If you are more enthusiastic about weekends than weekdays, it is a huge sign the job is taking a toll on your mental health.

Prioritize your mental health by getting help today

No matter how successful your career is, it is not worth sacrificing your mental health. If you have noticed any of the signs above, it’s crucial to take a break, reevaluate your priorities, and, if necessary, switch to a career that'll bring you growth, joy, and fulfillment in your personal and professional life. Get help and support by booking a session today.


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