Is your job making you sick?

Is your job making you sick?  Chances are it just might be. Your work environment plays a huge role in your overall health.

Studies have shown that people who work long hours, in stressful conditions, and depressing work environments are more likely to get sick than their counterparts who work in a healthier atmosphere or have developed life skills to deal with stressful environments.

What is the answer? Quit your job? Change careers? For a lot of us, that is not an option in this economy. There are ways to make yourself healthier at work no matter what your conditions.

  • Step 1: Perspective is everything.

I always tell my clients to examine their perspective about their work situation. Rather than focusing on the things you hate about your job, think about things you like. A few examples could be:

My desk is by the window, I can look outside whenever I need a mental break.

I enjoy working with Susie, we are a good team.

I can listen to my Ipod while at work.

I have a job and I can pay the bills.

I’m healthy enough to have a job.

Find two good things about having your job and focus on them rather than negative.

  • Step 2: Take a work inventory.

What tasks bother you the most and why?

Which co-workers upset you the most and why?

Really explore and be curious about your work situation but don’t judge yourself for how you feel. Why don’t you like these tasks or co-workers? Really dig deep. When you open yourself up to possibilities, you allow yourself to find solutions rather than dwelling on the problem. Also, you might realize there is no solution for some of the problems, and that is okay too. If you can’t change it, you can let it go.

Taking the time to look at what you don’t like about your job will help you discover what you do like.

  • Step 3: Stay Healthy

Eat healthy so you have the energy to get through the day. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Exercise. It will help clear your mind, reduce stress, and often times exercising can give you the mental breakthrough you’ve been looking for.

  • Step 4: Find something fulfilling.

Working 8-10 hours, coming home to the same routine, and doing it all again tomorrow will wear on anyone. Find a passion to keep you going. You might not enjoy your job, but it you have something to look forward to after work or on the weekend, it will make things more bearable. It might even lead into a more fulfilling career.

  • Step 5: Stay present AND daydream.

Yes, that’s perhaps counterintuitive, however staying present and being mindful allows you to focus on the task at hand. Staying in the moment helps with anxiety and alleviates the ‘what-if’s’.  Equally important to staying present is allowing yourself a moment to daydream. Give yourself a destination screensaver and let yourself take a few deep breathes and escape. Let the bubbling water cooler take you to a natural spring. That momentary break from the situation allows us the mental break we need to deal with the task at hand.

Bottom line: never give your job or environment the power to make you sick. You are the only person who can take responsibility for your life. If you are unhappy with your career – you have the power to change!

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Article provided by Guest Blogger, Lisa Rice.

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