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6 Ways to know if your job is making you sick? Literally!

Updated on July 14, 2015
Is stress at work causing you to become physically sick?
Is stress at work causing you to become physically sick?

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Are you feeling overworked and stressed? Could it be that your job is making you physically sick?. Believe it or not, when you are pushed to the limit at work, your behavior and demeanor can change drastically. You may behave oddly by working too much or too little. It is important that you be able to identify this problem. Studies show that about 66% of employees suffer from illness resulting from this type of stress. This may include headaches, insomnia and even high blood pressure. Luckily, there are certain symptoms you can look for that can help you identify whether or not you are in this category. Here are some ways that you can tell if your job could be making you sick; Literally!

6. Forgetfulness

Are you experiencing poor memory. We all may forget where we put the remote control every now and then, however, there are studies that show that when you are under more stress, these mental lapses may become more frequent. This can be a direct result of being overworked. Brain overload can cause to to forget certain things and not remain focused on the task at hand. It has been found that even just a few minutes of a stressful situation can affect the brain's ability to store certain information.

Being angry and irritable may be a symptom of a greater health issue.
Being angry and irritable may be a symptom of a greater health issue.

5. Irritable and angry

If you feel irritable and angry overtime you enter the building at work, and even outside of work, this could just be aside effect of being overworked and stressed out. One study shows that some of the major reasons employees feel tense at work are low pay, unreasonable workload and poor work-life balance. Lack of opportunity for advancement may also be a worrisome thing for many employees. It is important to know that women who suffer from highly stressful jobs have an 88% greater risk of heart attack. Because stress can be directly related to an increase in you heart rate as well as blood flow, it is important to monitor your anger during stressful moments on the job.

4. Not giving your all

If you find yourself giving a lower quality of work, your job may be making you sick. 40% of Americans say that their job is extremely stressful and one out of four Americans say that their job is the number one stressor in their life. Productivity suffers when this is the case. You may struggle to meet deadlines or not even be motivated at all to excel at work.

3. Fatigue

Do you feel very tired when you go to work and all throughout the day? Are you getting enough sleep at night. Studies show that adults between the ages of 26-65 should be getting at least seven to nine hours of sleep at night. You may have the tendency to fall asleep at your desk or even dose off at the steering wheel, which can be very dangerous.

Working odd hours may cause headaches along with other health issues.
Working odd hours may cause headaches along with other health issues.

2. Your working hours

Have you experienced a change in working hours or maybe work nights? Working long or odd hours of the day could be a factor in your health and well being. You could become withdrawn and unresponsive, showing little energy or motivation. Headaches may also occur due to lack of sleep and mental overstimulation.

1. Health problems and sickness

Lastly, do you find yourself suffering from sickness more often? Whether it is a small case of the sniffles, or the flu, being overworked can wear down your body and immune system. Some overstressed employees even suffer from Musculoskeletal Disorders or Psychological Disorders. You may become overly emotional and unable to sit still. Stress can also worsen diabetes by increasing glucose levels. It causes higher levels of the hormone called cortisol, which increases belly fat, therefore causing obesity. If you are suffering from any of these things, your job may LITERALLY be making you sick.

If you have found that your job may be making you sick, you may want to research some ways to increase your work/life balance. Ignoring these signs could be catastrophic to your health. Maybe it is time to schedule a vacation, or even look for a new job.


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