Could your job be wreaking havoc on your mental and physical health? It doesn’t matter whether you have an overbearing boss or whether you just need to relieve some stress because there are a few things that you can do to help yourself let go of that tension. Ultimately though, it all starts with diagnosing the problem.


You’re Constantly Working Overtime

It’s really rare to find a job in this day and age where you can leave on time, every day. You may find that you are stuck behind helping someone out or even that you need to fill in for someone else. Either way, if you work very long hours then this can easily increase your risk of developing heart disease or even alcoholism. If you work overtime and don’t do anything about it then you may suffer from a poor cognitive performance, when in reality, you’re trying to achieve the opposite.

You Never get up from your Desk

Being sedentary 24-hours a day can be bad for you, but some jobs make it utterly avoidable. Prolonged sitting can give you a much higher chance of developing diabetes. You may also find that you are more at risk of developing heart disease or cancer. The main common cause of having a bad posture is poor office furniture. You may find that you are not sitting high enough, or even that you are not eye-level with your display. If this is the case, then it helps to see if you can adjust your desk to suit your working requirements. You might also want to see if you can ask for a new desk if it is having a serious impact on your health.

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You Never Sit Down

Other jobs require you to be on your feet constantly. It doesn’t matter whether you work in retail, behind a bar or even for a food service because you may find that you just can’t give your body a rest and that you end up developing things like varicose veins, poor circulation, swelling in the feet and joint damage too. If this is the case then it’s always a good idea for you to look into a bulk billing clinic so that you can get everything looked at.

Your Commute

If you spend more than an hour commuting to work every single day then this could be causing you way more stress and anxiety than you need. Finding a job that is closer to home probably won’t be an option for you and this is understandable. You do however have to make sure that you use your commute to your advantage. Consider cycling to work or even car-sharing. This will help you to calm down and it will also help you to relieve stress too.

You’re Being Kept Awake at Night

If you are not getting enough sleep at night, then this will have a detrimental impact on your health. You may be up all night worrying about work or you may even feel as though your stress levels are at an all-time high. If this is the case, then it helps to assess the cause of your work-related stress.

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