Every week, men and women all over the world are spending 40 hours plus at a job they absolutely hate. The Washington Post tells us that only 13% of people are at a job they can tolerate.
I don’t have to give you the stats, because chances are you are in a job you can’t stand. I worked a job I hated for 12 years, everyday my hatred for the job grew.
When I started this job at 19-years-old everything was fine. I was young, and had the energy of a bull. OK, that might be an exaggeration, but I could handle the long hours. As I got married, and we had kids, the long hours started to wear on me.
It got even worse when my kids started having activities at school. I started this job at midnight, which meant on those nights I would get three hours of sleep.
Sleeping three hours a night, and working 60 hours a week sucked, but what I didn’t realize was the effect it had on my health, and the rest of my life. It was so bad that after I quit this job, I needed a month to detox.
I know there are many reading this that can relate. Every day you go to a job that makes you miserable, wondering if you’ll ever escape. What you may not be thinking about is how this job is affecting your life.
1. The stress is affecting your health
Stress is the leading cause of many health problems. This article from WebMD points out at least ten of them. When you spend day in, and day out in a job you hate, you better believe you’ll be stressed out.
Over years that stress adds up, and you could end up with the health problems laid out in this article. Whether you realize it or not, you bring that stress home with you, and it affects everyone around you.
Years of stress could shorten your life and make you a bitter person. The longer you deal with the stress, the more problems it leads too. One of the best things you can do in life is avoid stressful situations as much as possible. That’s one reason why I don’t talk about politics on Facebook!
2. It’s fostering bad habits
Besides the stress, working at a job you hate can lead to, and foster other bad habits. One major problem is bad sleeping patterns. The odd hours I worked had me sleeping three hours a night for years.
You may be getting more than three hours, but if you’re at a job you hate, I’m guessing you’re either getting too much or not enough. The stress and hours might be keeping you from getting enough. The stress could also be making you sleep too much because that’s your escape. (more…)