IS YOUR JOB SECRETLY KILLING YOU?

IS YOUR JOB SECRETLY KILLING YOU?

“A bad job with a good boss is better than a good job with a bad boss”

One and all of people have bad days at work, but there are signs that employees have to monitor before a bad week at the office turns into never-ending, devastating work-related tension that is ruining your wellbeing.

Too many Pakistanis are trapped in toxic jobs, a problem employers and employees should take more seriously.

An organizational behavior professor at Stanford found through his research that poor management in U.S. companies accounted for up to 8 percent of annual health costs and was associated with 120,000 excess deaths every year.

So its something we all should look into. Considering the fact that your body may know earlier than you fully do, that your job is to blame for your stress symptoms, sending you red alerts that you are not okay.

Those stress signals are:

You get sick more frequently

If you are catching colds regularly, consider how you are feeling about your job. A large body of research shows that constant stress can compromise the immune system, making you more susceptible to illness.

Your muscles ache

When your job is toxic, it can feel like you’re fighting off a wild tiger at your desk. Under an apparent threat, your brain showers your system with adrenaline and other stress hormones.

Our nervous systems in toxic jobs are relentlessly on edge. We are constantly foreseeing, geared up to respond to an unpleasant boss or co-worker.

If you are always typing “just following up” emails with your shoulders hunched and your jaw clenched, this could be a sign that your job is impacting your health.

Your mental wellbeing gets worse

It’s noted that amplified stress can aggravate existing mental health issues. Someone who might be a worrier in a really toxic work environment; that worry will often intensify to cross the clinical threshold.

If you feel like your boss is always out to get you, your mental health pays a price. One 2018 report of 279 studies linked perceptions of organizational unfairness with employee health complaints such as overeating and depression.

It is said that unfair treatment at work can cause us outsized stress.

Discrimination is primarily a toxic stressor because it strikes at the foundation of who we are.

When you treat me unfairly you attack my dignity as a person —basically saying, that I don’t deserve fair treatment or to be treated the same as others-a practice which is sadly very common in Pakistan.

You can’t sleep

A lot of times the primary thing we’ll hear about is sleepless nights. People report either not being able to snooze because their mind is racing or not being able to stay asleep. They wake up in the middle of the night thinking about their to-do list. A few fidgety nights is not a huge deal, but if it becomes a pattern, that may be an indication your job strain has become toxic. If it’s consistently related to work, that is a sign that something is off-balance.

Your appetite changes

 Your appetite is closely linked to your brain. Under acute stress, your fight-or-flight response releases adrenaline, telling your body to suppress digestion to focus on saving us from a perceived danger, according to the Harvard Health Letter. Under long-term tension, though, your body’s adrenal glands release and build up cortisol, a hormone which can boost hunger. When your job is causing long-term emotional pain, you may turn to food for comfort.

Harvard University also reports that eating sugary foods may dull stress-related responses and emotions, which is why they’re often seen as comfort foods ? but that’s an unhealthy habit you should avoid.

You lose interest in sex

How you spend your time reflects what you value. When you bring your work home with you, your relationships can suffer. The American Psychological Association observes that when women have to juggle professional stress on top of their ongoing personal and financial obligations, it can reduce sexual desire. For men, this chronic stress can result in lower testosterone production, which in turn leads to lower libido. There has to be a certain amount of relaxation in order to allow the arousal feeling to arise. Then there’s the time factor. People report not having enough time to have sex.

You are exhausted all the time

 

This is fatigue, a bone-deep exhaustion that no nap or weekend lie-in seems to cure.

There is no set way that folks react to a toxic workplace but it’s said that weariness is in the range of physical symptoms employees may feel.

Toxic jobs can create a cycle that drains us. You’re feeling overwhelmed, because you’re working too long, and you’re working too long because you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Your stomach starts acting up

Indigestion, constipation, bloating can all be linked with stress, because stress impacts what the gut digests and can also change our gut bacteria, which in turn impacts our mood.

It’s why you may get stomach pangs when you are upset, I noticed this when I was at work and was having a bad day. Then the day started to turn into a bad week and then just stayed consistent in the worse possible way.

“About six months in I started to notice that every Sunday afternoon I developed a pain in my stomach. It was not the symptom but the timing (just as I was starting to think about what I had to do on Monday morning) that alerted me to the connection to the job,”

All symptoms went away when I quit the job and moved on to something else.

What you can do to fight this:

Take a break.

After your body goes on high alert to defend you fromunreasonable demands and bad bosses, you need to give it time off.

“When we don’t give our nervous system an opportunity to relax and reset itself, it starts to cause long-term damage. Companionship outside work, meditation and exercise can help to counterbalance the stress symptoms.

Curb your pessimistic thinking.

One of the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy is that how you think can change how you feel. “It’s not possible for everyone to switch jobs, but we can focus on the situation that we can control. We can use mindfulness to handle our negative reflection about how the presentation went or what our colleagues are thinking about us.

Leave.

See this as the warning that you need to get a new job or else that long hours, absence of self-sufficiency, uncertain scheduling and financial uncertainty at jobs are all factors that add to a toxic workplace environment that people need to leave behind, not just deal with.

 “You need to fix the underlying problem, not deal with the symptoms,”

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