Signs Your Workplace May Be Affecting Your Mental Health

Updated on August 11, 2022
Signs Your Workplace May Be Affecting Your Mental Health

It’s always a good idea to watch your mental health. Frequent disorders, like anxiety and depression, may worsen depending on your environment. It’s a good idea to watch out for signs that your workplace may be negatively affecting your mental health before they become more significant problems. When you identify the early symptoms, you can find help and try to make some positive changes in your routine.

Trouble Sleeping

Do you ever find yourself struggling to fall asleep on nights before you go to work or waking up with a feeling of dread before you go into your job? These sleep problems are common among people whose work is taking a toll on their mental well-being. You may find you sleep better on nights when you don’t have to go to work or take more frequent naps on your days off to try and make up for lost sleep.

Stress Eating

One noticeable sign your workplace may be affecting your mental health is through developing unhealthy eating habits. Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall into these patterns. In many workplaces, you may have access to salty or sugary snacks from a vending machine, and nearby lunch options contain a lot of greasy fast food. Workers often rely on these non-nutritional meals for their convenience instead of making a healthier lunch at home. However, finding the energy to make meals at home becomes more burdensome when your mental health declines.

Because many people fail to identify these habits, they often become eating disorders that go unnoticed and untreated. Consider reducing reliance on unhealthy snacks or fast food throughout the week.

General Fatigue

If you’ve ever heard the phrase “retail voice,” you’re probably aware that many people put on a different face in the workspace. For some, this transition is natural, but others might find it taking a toll on their energy. Pay attention to how you feel when you can drop the professional façade and how much effort it takes for you. Fatigue from interactions like this is often one of the early signs of depression and may require you to seek help.