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5 Subtle Factors That May Be Making You Sick At Work

5 Subtle Factors That May Be Making You Sick At Work

The Harvard Business Review covered last year the story of a hard-working attorney, aged 35, who had a stroke. Doctors were alarmed, but their guess was that this young woman had bypassed all of the warning signs of stress: ringing in the ears, visual impairments, exhaustion, and more. High-pressure positions can cause many of us to do the same – after all, how will the organization continue to run if we stop now? With tight budgets and deadlines, phone calls to make and others relying on us, it’s easy to put ourselves on the backburner. As you can see from the story mentioned above, however, neglecting personal care can making us physically sick at work.

CNN reports several factors that could be making you sick, without you even realizing it:

  • Multitasking – answering a phone call while checking your email, while pulling up another document and printing it – it may seem like you’re being extremely productive, but in reality, you’re causing yourself more stress
  • Reacting to your stress in unhealthy ways – eating unhealthy food, smoking too many cigarettes, not getting any sleep, and more
  • Relationship problems – if you and your significant other aren’t getting along so well, this stress often translates into the workplace, even if it’s subtle
  • Others’ stress – an employee whose family member is severely ill, another colleague who can’t seem to make the deadline on a project, and more – although it’s not our stress, these situations can affect us to a higher extent, without us knowing it
  • Social media use – amidst all of your current demands, tending to social media can provide too much stimulation, and can even cause you to feel envious of others, despite the fact that many people post only their best moments online

Neglecting to notice these seemingly minor issues throughout the day can make you not only physically sick, but can also lead to the development of a mental illness over time. A 2017 study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine analyzed 37 studies, and several workplace factors were found to contribute to the development of mental illness: high job demands, low job control, high effort-reward imbalance, low relational justice, low procedural justice, role stress, bullying, low social support, and more. One of the best ways you can prevent these issues from occurring is taking a stand and practicing self-care. Change what you can control, and allow yourself to take some time off if you need it.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about programs for mental illness and addiction. It’s never too late to seek the help you need.

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References

http://www.wmh.unsw.edu.au/sites/all/files/publication_related_files/can_work_make_you_mentally_ill_a_systematic_oem.pdf

https://hbr.org/2017/11/what-to-do-when-work-stress-literally-makes-you-sick

https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/health/bad-work-environment-studies/index.html

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