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Signs You Need a Break from the Workplace

Signs You Need a Break from the Workplace

No one likes to work all the time. Even if it’s something you’re passionate about, there are bound to be days, weeks, or months where you’re stressed out, tired, uninspired, or simply ready to call it quits.

Your Health is Declining

It goes without saying that working can take a toll on your health. Whether you’re sitting all day at a desk or up on your feet working the register or heavy machinery, your body can only take so much. You might experience things like headaches, backaches, eye strain, neck problems, foot pain, and a host of other issues. Not to mention both sitting or standing for too long can result in long-term health problems like weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. If you’ve experienced any of the above you should definitely schedule some time off.

Drinking is Your New Pastime

Alcohol has a numbing effect on the mind, which is why some people like indulging in a drink or two after a long work week. Drinking occasionally, of course, isn’t an issue. However, if you’ve reached the point that you drink to numb your pain it’s time for some changes. Self-medicating or drinking as a means of masking your feelings and getting through your problems is a temporary fix with major consequences. Many end up suffering from addiction and need help from an alcohol rehab in Colorado or in other states to detox.

You’re Getting Into Legal Trouble

You know it’s time to do some soul searching in your life if you start getting yourself into legal trouble. If you’re constantly seeing police lights in your rearview mirror because you’re speeding, driving while under the influence, or doing some other reckless activity, you need to take a deep look within. Some act out because they feel they have nothing to live for while others act out as a cry for help or attention. In either situation this is not a solution, as getting into legal trouble is costly, could ruin other areas of your life, and could land you behind bars.

Your Business Relationships Are in Shambles

When you’re dissatisfied with your job or on the brink of a burnout, it can trickle down to your professional relationships. If you’re constantly arguing with or easily agitated by your employees, or consistently letting down clients or business partners due to declining performance, this is a sign you need to take a break. As your reputation means a lot to you, causing a lot of havoc in the workplace can have lasting negative effects on you and your business.

You’re Just Not Happy

Happiness is certainly a choice and it is not to be tied to any person, place, or thing. Be that as it may, if you wake up every day feeling sad, depressed, or even numb when the thought of work comes up, this is serious. When you feel that there isn’t anything worth being happy about you need to make some adjustments. Staying in a depressed state could lead to serious health problems, including the loss of your life.

Everyone goes through rough patches in business. Those who are successful are individuals who know how to spot trouble and make changes for the better. If work-related stress is weighing on you, the best thing you can do is take a break and take care of your physical and mental well-being. If you’ve recognized any of these above, don’t hesitate to take some much-needed time off.


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by Rebecca Jones // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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