We have all been there or know someone who has: Getting up for work in the morning makes us cringe, and work topics, to-dos and meeting marathons lead to anxiety when we pull into the parking lot. If that is the case for you, give some serious thought to your current professional situation. Hating your job impacts more than your mood; it impacts your health and your life as a whole. Here are signs you should watch out for and first steps to master your personal turnaround — fast.

Signs of a Bad Work Situation

Your Mental Health Declines

Hating your job is a mental drain, both at work and away from work. You worry about work when you are there and feel like you are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. When you are at home, you are worried about the next time you will be at work.

This situation increases your anxiety, stress and chances of developing depression. From there, you may lose motivation and passion for a job you once loved and constantly seek ways of leaving the place that is constantly bringing you down.

Your Physical Health Declines

A lot of people are aware of the mental health problems that can result from unhappiness at work, but few of us look at the ways it can affect us physically. When you are unhappy at work, you tend to change how you eat, leading to weight gain. Your muscles ache, and your body tends to feel exhausted all the time. You struggle with sleep, adding the physical effects of not getting enough sleep to the list of ways a bad job can affect your health. Lack of sleep can increase the chances of developing heart issues, having a stroke and even dying prematurely — all because you do not like going to work each day. Finally, one of the most troubling ways that a bad job can affect you is by reducing the effectiveness of your immune system and making you sick more often.

Your Self-confidence Declines

Hating your job can also affect how you see yourself. It can make you question your own abilities; feel less confident in what you have to offer, both personally and professionally; make you feel less attractive; and even make you capable of less each day. This decrease in productivity can encompass your work and your home life, leading to issues that begin but do not end at work.

How to Fight Back

Instead of allowing the effects of a bad job to pile up over time, take a stand, and put yourself back into your life’s driver seat! Make a choice, either to make your current job better or to seek out your dream job. Your choice may involve learning new skills, networking with new people, or simply adjusting how you lead your team and your overall way of working.

Becoming familiar with new leadership styles can also help you grow and help your company find new opportunities. Being in the early days of the digital transformation, organizations across industries turn more and more toward the agile approach to work. With more agility comes more purpose and flexibility; thus, you and your team members will feel more fulfilled and passionate about where the company is heading and how you can have an impact.

Whatever you start with, keep in mind: The people who are the most successful at navigating this situation find a good sparring partner or coach who helps them gain back their clarity, focus, passion and productivity. They have all been in the valley of despair; it’s how fast they tried to climb out that distinguishes them as high performers. Top talent discover early in their careers that there is nothing as powerful as having an accountability buddy who cares for you and wants the best for you.

Growth Always Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

When your job is taking away from your health and your ability to feel good in any way, it is time to make a change. Start nudging yourself and your team toward high performance in a healthy way. Since the future of work and the digital economy are more about people than technology, do yourself a favor: Stop procrastinating, leave your comfort zone and start growing!

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