7 signs your job is making you ill

Over half a million people in the UK suffer from work-related stress and depression. Are you one of them?

by Dr Ellie Cannon

Our jobs are making us ill. Data reveals that over half a million of us suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. Across the UK, this led to a staggering 12.5 million working days lost in 2016/17.

And yet job-related ill health can be hard to spot in yourself: perhaps you’re missing the signs, or subconsciously don’t want to admit what’s happening to you. Here are the tell-tale signs that your job is playing havoc with your health.

1. Brain burnout?

Feeling busy and challenged at work is expected and normal for everyone. Feeling overwhelmed is not and can be a sign of stress. You may feel there's so much to think about that it stops you concentrating on individual tasks or your mind won’t stop racing with deadlines and tasks to the point where you feel out of control. You may find it has become hard to make decisions or you constantly expect something to go wrong. This can be accompanied by feeling particularly irritable at work which is not your norm. These are classic signs of work-related stress and need addressing.

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