Hard work can affect our health

When work makes you sick: 10 symptoms that your job is endangering your health

Most of us see our job as bringing happiness and success, but we do not live exclusively for it. Still, we spend most of our day at work - with sometimes negative effects on our health. Nicole Fallon Taylor, media, culture and communication expert, has put together ten reasons why your job is making you sick.

1. Desk work is poison for your back

Not surprisingly: Sitting around at the desk all the time is poison for the spine. Chronic back pain is the result of around two thirds of all office stallions and mares. The bent legs, the hands when working with the keyboard and mouse, and the eyes when working frequently on the monitor can also react with pain. If you don't take care of yourself here, there is a risk of chronic progression to long-term damage. The only thing that helps is: going for a walk during the lunch break instead of going to the canteen, regularly taking a five-minute break and, for example, bobbing on your feet or grabbing the office dog and going for a walk.

2. Your mailbox promotes stress and anxiety disorders

Do you sometimes confuse an e-mail with instant messaging and answer every contact at any time and immediately? This means constant stress and tension for your body. Both are popular ingredients for anxiety disorders because you are constantly in a "fight or flight" mode. Therefore: take a deep breath, turn off the mailbox and do other things first. If you only check your email twice a day, you'll be more productive anyway.

3. Your office is your home

Have you seen Steven King's "Shining"? Then the crazy author repeatedly types into his typewriter: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” If you don't allow yourself any free time, your psyche cries out for help - and that can also express itself physically. For example, your risk of heart attack can increase significantly. We don't even want to talk about burnout and depression at this point.

4. Working through the breaks makes you unhappy

You are legally entitled to breaks. However, especially in stressful office situations, many people forego this well-deserved work break. Fixed-term contracts and the fear of no longer being employed mean that one or the other often sacrifices their lunch break every day of the week for work. You won't be happy with it, as a survey from the USA also showed. And let me tell you: it doesn't improve your chances of being taken on either. Very few bosses see it when you work during the break - and most of them prefer a good work result anyway. But you can't deliver that if you never allow yourself to simply recharge your batteries.

5. You stay in a job that you hate

“The main thing is work!” Is the thought of most people. This is understandable given the current tight labor market, rising rents and living costs and the social status associated with regular work. But if you go to work every morning with a stomach ache and just hate your job, then you are putting your health at risk. Because if you can't identify with the company you work for, the only thing that drives you is money. This in turn leads you into a perceived or actual dependency and exerts strong, emotional pressure on you. Therefore: watch out when looking for a job and really only start working where you can identify with the company.

6. Long journeys to work spoil your mood

The employment agency considers commuting distances of two and a half hours per day to be reasonable - that is over an hour each way. American scientists found out that walking for more than 20 minutes increases a person's risk of burnout. It gets even worse with 35 minutes each way. According to this, long commutes are very dangerous to health. If you also end up in a traffic jam or if the train decides to strike again, the mood is finally in the basement.

7. Your job makes you sick - but no job either

Long-term unemployment are typical triggers for depression. Fear of the future, financial worries, declining social status, shame - these are all triggers for serious mental illness. In Germany, anyone who has been without a permanent job for a year or more is considered long-term unemployed, unless maternity leave, self-employment or the like are in between. A year is a long time because most people find their situation unbearable after just 25 weeks. That's just half the time. If you have been unemployed for a long time, it can help you to look for a voluntary activity to support your psyche. Or maybe you start with your own project, for example a blog. Whatever gives you a task will help you not slide into mental health problems.

8. Your work is a witch's kitchen

Good colleagues, with whom you can get along and laugh together, will help you to stay healthy despite a stressful workday. But woe betide if there is bad air in the office - this can have a very negative impact on your health. It doesn't even have to go as far as bullying. A generally bad mood in the office is enough for your psyche and work ethic to suffer. For employers: People who do not feel comfortable in a work atmosphere report sick more often, identify less with their job and are more likely to quit.

9. A bad relationship with the boss

You don't have to kiss your boss on the feet - you wouldn't be comfortable with that anyway. But getting along well with him will greatly reduce your stress level. Try to read your boss and gauge his mood. Knowledge of people like this will help you get on well with him.

10. Don't retire too early

Are you thinking about taking early retirement to make room for younger people? You are honored, but when it comes to your own health, you should think again. In the United States at least, it was found that people who stopped working too early were more likely to develop bad habits such as drinking and smoking. So before you say goodbye to the world of work, check your own mental health.

Source: Business News Daily

Linda Ewaldt studied German and psychology in Hamburg and then sniffed the editorial air in small startups and large companies. Since then she has been working as a freelancer and her specialties are career and health. She prefers to write articles for OnlineMarketing.de that combine both.