Signs Your Job Is Making You Sick – When Health Versus Wealth

Warning Signs Your Job Is making You Sick

Sick person blowing her nose

Is your job making you sick? I want to go on record as saying, if you had to ask this question then you need to Know some of the signs your job is making you sick. Do not take this matter lightly because having a job that makes you miserable can affect a lot more than your attitude.

When I had to confront this question my body was already experiencing adrenal fatigue and I was having major panic attacks just walking through the door. I remember Sunday nights getting nauseous and not being able to sleep. My doctor had me on multiple medications that are not meant for long term use and after my 3rd ambulance ride to the hospital my doctor stepped in. I realized something was seriously wrong.

Drinking alcohol became a coping mechanism but only a temporary solution. I was killing myself just to go to work. Sacrificing health for wealth just isn’t worth it.

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My Story

I began working in the collision repair industry back in 1986 and at the time I loved it. Over the years I worked for a few different bosses, some good and some bad. The business definitely took its toll on me both mental and physical and after 22 years I decided to work for myself,

My body finally began to breakdown and I was told I would need back surgery. The surgery was a success but I decided to give up my business. I wound up going to work for another auto body shop for someone who blew smoke up my butt and told me everything I wanted to hear, it wasn’t the first time I was lured in by false promises so I took his promises lightly.

My boss (lets call him Napoleon) was an egotistical control freak who liked to live like Rock Star. He eventually robbed the business to the point of no return and wound up losing it but it was those years that really made me realize it was time for a change.

I began becoming sick to my stomach every time I knew I had to go there and started drinking alcohol to escape the miserable existence I called a life.

Panic attacks, adrenal fatigue (stemming from constant fight or flight syndrome) and muscle tightness all began to become part of the norm. Heart palpitations and medication took the reigns and I started thinking the world would be better off without me.

Luckily I got help and began searching for another career which turned out to be affiliate marketing and my life slowly began to come back together. I never in a million years would have thought a few years at a dead end job would have this kind of effect my mental and physical health but it did.

This is my story and I’m sure we all have our own. I would like to inform you of some of the signals your body is giving you that tell you some of the signs your job is making you sick.

7 Reasons It Might Be Time To Quit

1. Sleepless nights

Insomnia can hurt you in more ways than you might think. Constant worry and stress over your job is not healthy and it can cause a slue of health problems which can affect your immune system, mood, response time when driving and your relationships with others. Low sex drive is also another sign of sleep deprivation and depression as well.

2. Sleeping Too Much

Too much sleep is not healthy either, believe it or not. I started sleeping right up until about 10 minutes before it was time to leave for work and I felt sluggish throughout the day. Too much sleep can also be a sign of depression which should be handled by a medical professional immediately.

3 Lack of Motivation

A lack of motivation kind of ties in with sleeping too much and can be a direct result of being around a stressful environment for a long period. When your body produces that much adrenalin during a stressful period in your life Adrenal fatigue will set in sooner or later

4. Constantly Sick

Constant job related stress can have a major negative impact on your immune system making you more susceptible to colds and viruses that otherwise healthy people can fight off. I am not saying that job stress is the reason some gets sick more than others but it certainly doesn’t help. Some people just have low immune systems to begin with but if you find yourself constantly sick and stressed about your job, it may be time for a change.

5. Socially Withdrawn

Have you ever found yourself missing a family event or a night out with your friends just because your worried about work and just flat out drained? Humans are social people and it’s just part of how we are made. Isolation from others can make you depressed and it’s not healthy to stay in this state for a long period. Sure, we all need a break once in a while but if you find yourself becoming consistently withdrawn do to stress something has to change.

6. Alcohol or Drug Addiction

Another tell tail sign that your job may be stressing you out too much is excessive alcohol or drug use. Think about the saying Happy Hour, personally I don’t think it’s an accident that happy hours is from 5pm – 6pm (usually the time people are getting off work) 1 hour just to drink the stress of the day away and forget about your problems for a while. Unfortunately for many alcohol consumption goes way beyond happy hour and for the surrounding people that have to watch this kind of self-destruction, it’s not so Happy.

If you think you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, talk to a doctor and seek professional help Quickly!

7. Suicidal Tendencies

Have you ever jokingly implied you would rather die than go to work on Monday? Well guess what some people aren’t joking a friend of mine from Wealthy Affiliate and owner of thegirlbosschronicles.com points out that most suicides happen on Monday mornings between the hours of 8-9 am. I did some research of my own and found this to be mostly true, depending on what part of the world you live in.

No lie, when I worked at that miserable auto body shop an employee came into the office and said “I have to quit, every morning on my ride into work I feel like driving my car into a tree and just ending it all.”

Pretty sad that some people would rather die than go to a job they hate but those people are out there and I feel for them. My depression never really got that bad but it could have, who knows.

Take Your Health Back

A woman doing yoga on the beach

Okay so your job is making you sick but we all know we need to work to live. So what can you do? Here are a few suggestions to help you take your health back and reduce the stresses of work and everyday life. Personally I like number 1 and I do it daily, sometime more than once. No get your mind out of the gutter it’s not that, LOL!

1. Meditation

Breathing and meditation are easy and popular ways to help relieve stress and anxiety. A quiet space and about 10 minutes is all it takes and if you need to it can be done anytime during the day or night. Here are 6 Breathing exercises to relax from Greatist.com that are perfect for beginners.

2. Exercise

Exercise is often overlooked when your going through a stressful time at work and finding the time can be a bit tricky. You don’t have to join a gym to get the exercise you need. Start slow by waking up a bit earlier and take a walk and do a little stretching. Any amount of exercise is better than none at all. Yoga is a great way to get in shape and learn meditation for both men and women.

3. Ask For Help

I know for some it’s hard to ask for help but it’s very important that you do. Talk to your coworkers or boss and let them know what’s going on and how you feel. A lot of times people see you busting your butt and just expect it from you and have no idea what’s really going on in your mind You may be surprised at how understanding people are if you are vocal about it nicely

The same goes for your home life, if your wife and family members are not aware of what’s going with you they may just think your being mean and not understand what’s happening with you if you don’t speak up they can’t help you.

When I need help I also pray, that’s just me because I am a believer in prayer and God so I utilize my relationship with God and for me it helps.

4 Weigh Out Your Options

Quitting your job isn’t always the best option. Make sure you write down the pros and cons about leaving your current situation. I know of people who quit their jobs and later regretted it so make sure to weigh out your options.

I also know of people who took lower paying jobs and downsized their lifestyle that are completely content and happy with their life. It’s a matter of Health Versus Wealth, Which is most important to you?

I was able to make a life changing decision that allowed me to enjoy the lifestyle I only dreamed of and do it on my own terms. Hard work is essential but when you are working with something you are passionate about, it really doesn’t seem like work.

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6 Comments

  • I would like to relate my personal experience that made me quit my job. I’ve been working for almost 20 years until I met this supervisor with super low self-esteem, worrying I might replace him. To make me leave, he yell at me, took away all my authority and use his authority coercively make my colleagues stay away from me. That’s when I went to see a psychiatric and few months later decided to leave. Anyone has this experience should just quit their job. Luckily, now I am back to normal. 

    • That’s horrible Florence, but unfortunately things like that go on all the time in the work place and when it starts to grab hold of your mental or physical health I think it’s time to say goodbye. I am happy to hear you are back to normal and I wish you the best in your future.

      Regards

      Jason

  • I had seen the signs that my job was making me sick years ago and I took action to change things. You are so right that you have to measure wealth for whatever it is you are doing has to be measured against your health. In your case, it was back problems. In my case, it was mental fatigue and overall physical degradation.

    Over 25 years while serving in the military, I had always pushed myself to maintain an excellent physical state, and indeed this helped me during the many times I was deployed to austere and other dangerous environments over those years. I needed a change before my health went completely awry, as there were signs that this was what was happening.

    That is part a matter of getting older, but I started noticing a shortness of temper,  I could not sleep properly, and physically some of the tasks were getting to be too much. So I retired as soon as they allowed me to and looked for other work that would give me more freedom and time while still providing some income.

    After about 15 years in the Corporate world and having my own brick and mortar business located in 4 countries, I could see that the same thing was happening – I was mentally fatigued and my physical condition was worsening. That is when I also discovered online marketing opportunity and I have not looked back.

    Now 4 years later, I can say that the signs such as sleep problems, shortness of temper, and even physical condition are all better. I attribute this to finding something that I love to do that is giving me more free time, enough income to support my lifestyle, and still, be out there helping people…

    I took back my health and the wealth is there too (enough wealth for me anyway). I exercise more, I meditate, I help people get to this point online, and generally, enjoy my life a lot more. I urge everyone to weigh their options and take action to change what may be blocking them from a more fulfilling life. Great post, tons of excellent advice! 

    • Hey Dave, Sounds like your journey really took it’s toll on you, I know my journey nearly killed me. I dealt with other issues which I chose to leave out of this article for personal and length of post reasons, but I will say depresion and alcoholism played a role in my decision to start making changes in my life.

      More people need to take action now, before it gets out of control and start building a foundation to a long lasting passive income online. 

      Thank you for sharing your story with us .

      Regards,

      Jason

  • Hi Jason,

    Your story is really a sad one but thank God it had a happy ending. Unfortunately, a lot of us are living this type of life and are just afraid to admit it because it is our only source of income. Of course, no one is to be blamed because one has to put food on the table but if a job is making one miserable then I don’t see the reason why they need to continue with that job.

    There are always alternatives and it is a really good thing that some people are willing to take the risk to better their lives. Online marketing is a really good alternative as one is able to work from home and can eventually create a passive income and most of the time reoccuring which can last for a very long time.

    Even if we have our day job we can always also start an online business to supplement our earnings from our day jobs.

    • Very Great points you bring up Jay. I worked my day job and stayed up many late nights building my business online. Looking back I honestly don’t know where I found the energy to do it, to this day I attribute it to God.

      My blessings have been very good and I am humble about what I have because I owe it all to my lord.

      No matter what you believe, if your job is making you sick then a change is needed and affiliate marketing can be done in your after hours activities.

      Best Wishes,

      Jason

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