Most of our lives we’ve followed a typical life plan to prepare us to “adult”. In high school, we aim to fill out our college applications with our overachieving extracurriculars, notable SAT/ACT scores and top notch grades. From there, we overdose on caffeine and networking, attempting to land the dream job post-college that’s going to get us one step closer to success and happiness.
Until it doesn’t.
Maybe you’re one of those people, where your dream job isn’t as dreamy as you anticipated. Maybe the pay isn't what you were expecting or you aren’t as fulfilled on a daily basis as you hoped to be at this point. Your discontentment and unhappiness starts to spill over in other areas of yourlife and the next thing you know your health starts to falter.
Think that your career is affecting your health? Here are three tell-tale signs:
Your best friend has become the office pantry.
Do you find yourself revisiting the snack room or making extra laps around the cubicles to where the candy dish is? Maybe you’ve got a stash of goodies at your desk and you can’t stop munching (been there!). Chances are you’re bored at work or just so overwhelmed that you need a distraction. And what’s the easiest thing to distract? Food, and probably of the sweet or salty variety. If that’s the case, it may be time to start thinking about why you’re so unfulfilled in your job, what tasks you hate getting around to and how you should deal with the stress in the meantime.
Your brain never turns off
We live in a very connected world. From emails on our smartphones to that boss at our demanding job, there is always something vying for our attention. If you feel like you’re constantly bringing work home with you and you can’t fight off the immense to do list in your head, you may need to take a step back. It’s important to set boundaries with your work schedule so that your entire life doesn’t become one big work week. In fact, you’ll be more productive in your job if you let your brain be at rest - the last thing you want is burnout.
You just don’t “have the time” - for really anything
Gym time? Meal prep? Meditation in the morning? If you’re rolling your eyes thinking, “Who has time for that?! My schedule is already jam packed,” you probably are letting your career get in the way your health. In order to be the best version of yourself at work, you need to make sure you are taking time for you. That means slotting 30 minutes in the morning for a quick sweat, forgoing Seamless for a simple home-cooked meal or taking yourself out for a 10 minute massage. Don’t let your career take over your life. Self care is just as important to the success of yourprofessional life as putting the hustle in is.
Point being, if you are dissatisfied in your career, your health is going to suffer. Lack of sleep, poor eating and overwhelming stress should alert you that something is wrong. Take it as your cue to take a step back and evaluate if it’s time for a job change - or maybe you just need to just create more boundaries between work and home.