IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU SICK?
Guest post – Kacey Crawford – Career Coach.
I’m so excited to bring you this guest post from the amazing, ridiculously intelligent Kacey Crawford. Kacey and I first connected through Marie Forleo’s bSchool program (the life-changing business program I did earlier this year).
Kacey is by far one of the most insightful people I know. We get together and pow-wow all things business, blogging and books, and when we do I feel like I learn about 10 million things. Yep. 10 million.
She helped me see how to turn my ebook on Surrender into a TOOL that people could learn from and not just the book of spiritual waf
fle I was destined to create if left to my own vices. So when it comes to career guidance, passion finding and purpose fulfillment I wholeheartedly trust this women. She knows her shiz.
Kacey also strongly connects with something that is very close to my heart – The truth that our health and wellness is NOT just about the food you eat. It’s everything. Food, movement, love, career, creativity, finances… all of it matters.
Today, Kacey brings to our attention how your job can be the main catalyst for poor health. I can’t stress this topic enough – a HUGE percentage of my clients struggle with their current career choice and the stress, dissatisfaction and poor health they experience because of it. This is important.
Her name was blood. You can’t say I wasn’t warned.
When I landed my first graduate job with one of Sydney’s leading PR gurus, I knew the learning curve would be steep. Her acerbic tongue, office chain-smoking and unsurpassed abilities to churn through new staff were legendary. Verbally abusive and completely eccentric, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to start work with her Monday morning, slink out for lunch and then never come back.
Looking back on what were the toughest eight months of my working life, there’s no way I’d tolerate that type of job now. But back then I naively embraced the chance to earn my stripes with the best in the business with little regard for the impact it would have on my health, relationships and confidence.
I had weekly migraines that came like clockwork each Sunday, constant bouts of cold and flu, sleep disturbances, and a massive dip in my self-confidence that continued to plague me for years afterwards. Oh, and I was utterly miserable.
While this might sound extreme, I know there are many of you out there battling your own version of a toxic job. The worst part is you may not even realise it.
So how do you know if your job is bad for you?
Here are some telltale signs:
- Do you get snappy with your partner and friends for no apparent reason or feel like you’re constantly wired and on edge?
- Do you find it hard to switch off and relax outside of work, perhaps waking up during the night thinking about your job?
- Are you constantly run down or fighting off a year-round flu?
- When you socialise with friends do you repeatedly complain about work?
- Have people close to you suggested that you find another job?
- Do you secretly harbour hopes of being made redundant?
Staying in a job that’s making you miserable is bad for your health and your career. The ongoing stress can quickly translate into weakened immunity, insomnia, mood swings – and at the extreme end, all sorts of nasty hormonal imbalances and digestive issues. Clearly none of these are a recipe for high performance so it’s therefore unsurprising that your enthusiasm and commitment to the job might start to wane too. You may start to doubt your abilities, question your career choice, or even self-sabotage.
The truth is, you spend far too much time at work to be miserable. And if you’re hell bent on “doing your time” in a rough gig thinking it will set you up for future success, well think again. Being able to prove you stuck it out won’t be much good if you’re too sick, exhausted or completely demotivated to continue, will it?
In today’s environment where social media is keeping organisations accountable to stakeholders in real-time, and a new generation of employees are demanding more than just a weekly pay cheque, thankfully this particular brand of workplace culture has become less fashionable. But if like me you’ve discovered you’re soldiering on in a job that’s sucking the life out of you, it may be time to ask yourself why. And then get the hell out.
Oh, and for the record – I’ve had about five career changes since my days with the Bloodmeister (who has since gone out of business due to “staffing issues”). And while I’ll never get that time back again, it was a golden lesson in self-respect that I’ll never forget.
Some advice from me? You are a spiritual being having a human experience, which means you owe it to yourself as this truly divine, universal being to experience this life to the best. If your job is making you sick… change it!
love + light and lots of SAHA (good health) to you!