July 28, 2022, 19:02 | Business
She beats us to the core.
Unhealthy working relationships not only spoil the mood every day, they undermine our physical and mental well-being, informs Ukr.Media.
"Injustice at work is a particularly toxic factor, because it strikes us at the very core of who we are. When they treat me unfairly, they insult my dignity as a person, implying that I do not deserve respectful treatment,'' is how the Canadian psychologist Kevin Kelloi formulated the problem of oppressive work.
Your eating habits are changing
The feeling of hunger and increased appetite are closely related to our emotions. During severe stress, there is a powerful release of adrenaline. So the body tries to switch all our forces to running away from danger or fighting it, while suppressing other feelings, including hunger. This explains why some people lose weight against the background of prolonged experiences.
In others, the opposite process is triggered: with chronic stress, the adrenal glands actively produce the hormone cortisol, which increases appetite. Then a person can start to eat the experience, often preferring sweets.
You literally fall apart
When work is not just uninteresting, but downright hateful, your body reacts accordingly. Thus, when feeling depressed, some people hunch over and pull their head into their shoulders to be less noticeable. Those who choose a more aggressive defensive position can constantly clench their jaws and keep their neck and shoulders tense.
Muscles, joints, vertebrae are in the same position for an unnaturally long time. Moreover, body reactions occur automatically and are difficult to track and prevent, even if you know what to pay attention to. Possible consequences of psychologically unhealthy work can be cervical osteochondrosis, migraines and bruxism.
Your gastrointestinal tract fails
Even a lunch break or a cup of coffee in an oppressive working atmosphere can poison life. The fact is that digestion processes are directly related to stress, as it affects the work of the intestine and the vital activity of its bacteria. At best, you may notice mood swings after eating. At worst, stomach upset, constipation or bloating.
You get sick more often
If you notice that you drift from one cold to another, consider whether it could be related to your attitude to work. Studies confirm that chronic stress, unlike short-term stress, suppresses the immune system, making you more susceptible to viral infection.
If you are prone to any diseases, the reaction to uninteresting work can only make them worse. For example, with daily stress, histamine is released, which can cause bronchial narrowing in asthmatics. And insulin spikes can trigger the development of diabetes, especially in people who are overweight.
You feel like you're making a fool of yourself
Endlessly doing unpleasant work, you may encounter a feeling of “porridge in the head”: debilitating fatigue combined with deteriorating memory, reduced concentration and level of brain activity. The environment is perceived as if through some haze, and you clearly do not feel able to cope with the load. In addition, it is hardly possible to explain to the boss why you cannot complete the task on time or without errors.
You do not sleep well
One of the basic symptoms of chronic stress is sleep problems. It is difficult for you to fall asleep because the brain does not come to rest. Or you keep waking up in the middle of the night. In the morning, you may wake up with a feeling of oppressive anxiety and anxiety from the thought that you need to go to work.
We emphasize that it is not about a couple or three sleepless nights, but about systematic violations. Just as the reluctance to get out of bed has little to do with the feeling of longing and helplessness when waking up.
You fall into a psychological trap
The trick is hidden in the fact that you are more likely to remain hostage to the situation than to change something, because finding an alternative requires motivation and strength – exactly what you do not have.
The problem can be solved by contacting a psychotherapist. However, research shows that people who have mental disorders fear rumors and the subsequent shameful dismissal. This forces them to endlessly postpone decisions and makes help from outside hardly possible.
You are sabotaging your own future
Hating your job can affect you even years later. The study showed that those who were disappointed in their work in their 20s and 30s had poor mental health, depression and increased anxiety by the age of 40.
According to the author of the study, Hui Zheng. , it can cause further physical problems. For example, increased anxiety and depression can lead to heart disease and other illnesses later in life, shortening life expectancy.
How can you help yourself?
How can you help yourself?
Of course, each situation requires a private analysis, but there are some universal tips that can help those who are looking for a way out of the situation:
- To begin with, make sure that it is really an inadequate work environment. If you regularly have to change the place of work, from time to time encountering a “difficult team”, maybe it's not about the team.
- Use every opportunity to switch jobs. Leave the building for lunch, arrange short breaks for tea, try to set aside at least half an hour for your favorite activities in the evenings and on weekends.
- Talk about your problems. Share with relatives or friends, even if it looks like an outright whine. Sometimes all you need is the right words.
- Seek professional psychological help. This can be done anonymously, and the number of sessions is up to you.
- And finally, quit. If you have mentally noted the relevance of at least half of these points, perhaps the situation has already gone so far that it is time to review priorities.