Is Your Work Life Helping or Hurting Your Health?
If you find yourself with the Sunday night blues – grieving the loss of the weekend and the beginning of the work-week, you aren’t alone. Unhappiness and stress in the workplace has unfortunately become part of the fabric of our lives and unfortunately you aren’t alone. According to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety and Health, more than 40% of Americans feel the same way you do. I’m not sure how you feel, but as far as I can see, this is no way to live!
The great news is that if you relate to this 40% it isn’t too late to begin to make changes that no doubt will bring you fulfillment, purpose and greater health. This lifestyle change however is dependent on one person and one person alone….YOU! You must make the commitment to stop living for everyone else and start living for you.
It sounds all too easy yet for us as women it is one of the most difficult life changes we will make. Why? As women, we have all been told to go into this career field or that career field. We’ve been encouraged to “climb the corporate ladder” or “break the glass ceiling”. We’ve been told to be “more outgoing” or “less abrasive” and often we’ve been told ALL these conflicting messages in the same day – no wonder we are left confused and living life that brings everyone BUT US fulfillment!
If you feel like you are in a dead-end situation or on a path that you find stressful and not fulfilling, you need to first spend time thinking about the following:
• What brings pure joy about my professional life?
• What does success look like to you?
• Where do you find fulfillment/inspiration at work?
• Do you really want that promotion?
• Do you really want that promotion now?
• What are your non-negotiables and where are your boundaries?
Spend some time reflecting on these things and begin to think about WHO you are and WHAT you want in your life. It is only after you’ve identified these things that you can begin to make things different. You will be surprised at the opportunities that open up and how much easier it will be to say no to the wrong opportunities. It won’t happen overnight, but if you will begin this journey, you will almost immediately begin to feel the positive impact it will have – and the result will very likely be a happier and healthier life.