Your career makes up a huge part of your life, which is one of the main reasons why people should love what their do and enjoy their jobs. Your mental state depends on working in a healthy environment that has a positive impact on your mental health. Here are 5 signs you should look out for to tell if your job is impacting your mental health.
Change in sleeping patterns
If you find yourself sleeping more as an escape from thinking or even doing your job, or sleeping less because you’re stressed about your job, then your mental state could be suffering because of it. Rest is very essential, especially when you have a full-time job, so sleeping too much or too little is bound to cause your mental health to deteriorate.
Your job will get hectic from time to time and there’ll be moments when you feel stressed and overwhelmed, but this shouldn’t be an everyday thing. If you’re unable to relax and you’re constantly tense because of your work, this is a telling sign that your mental health is suffering. It may be time to find healthier coping mechanisms like therapy, exercising, finding a new hobby etc, as well as exploring other job opportunities.
A short temper
A decline in your mental health can cause you to have a short fuse. If you’re no longer your bubbly and friendly self, but instead, you find yourself snapping or getting irritated by your colleagues and loved ones, this may be a build up frustration with your job and a clear indication of where your mental state is.
Dreading going to work
If you’re always trying to come up with stories or excuses to avoid your work, this means you’ve mentally checked out, and not showing up is physically checking out. This is also a sign of feeling overwhelmed and having a feeling of negativity towards your job, so much so that you’d rather be anywhere else, doing anything else, except at work doing your job. That’s a response of resistance and it has a lot to do with how your job makes you feel.
You’re in constant fear
The workplace may not be your home, so you won’t always feel free to do what you want, but that doesn’t mean you should live in constant fear of getting fired or reprimanded. Positive working environments feel safe and secure. They allow you to feel free to be yourself while doing your job, while negative ones make you feel unsafe and anxious.
If you ever feel like your mental health is suffering because of your job, or for any other reason, it’s important to seek help. There are organisations available to ensure that your mental wellbeing is taken care of. We’re also available if you need someone to talk to or any advice about anything. Pop us a message on AskCellCgirl or get in touch with us on our socials; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.