Most of us spend as much time at the office as we do at home. Although we all want to achieve the perfect ‘work-life balance’, this term can be tricky. If you’re in the right job then it should almost feel like home. Working for months and years at the wrong job, however, can have a serious impact on your health and well-being.
What constitutes the ‘right’ and the ‘wrong’ job will depend very much on an individual’s skills and career ambitions. Yet there are classic symptoms to watch out for, regardless of industry or level. Fortunately, there are solutions too.
If you’ve been at the same job for a while, it can be difficult to spot the symptoms of work-related stress creeping up on you. Indeed, you might just have accepted that “this is how your life is” and will mistake genuine feelings of anguish and unhappiness for a typical malaise that “everybody has to deal with”. That might not be the case, particularly if you’re suffering from any of the symptoms below:
If you’ve been stuck in the wrong job for a while and have been following the same patterns, it can be tempting to simply wallow in the comfort this familiarity provides. Nobody likes change (indeed, we’re programmed to avoid it), but sometimes a sharp shock to the system is exactly what’s required to kick us out of a career-induced rut. Here are the solutions we recommend on both a short-term and long-term level:
Finally, simply acknowledging that there’s a problem can be a monumental weight off your shoulders. By being transparent with your fellow workers, you’ll also hopefully engender respect and acceptance. This could go some small way towards helping you solve your workplace stress problem, and giving yourself the space to move on to something better and something more ‘you’.