Why worrying about work is making you depressed and keeping you awake at night

Saw this in the news:

Research carried out by the charity Mind has suggested that public sector staff like police and local government are more likely to feel stress and anxiety at work and take sick days for their mental health than their private sector counterparts.

I spent 10 years working in the public sector and have experienced first hand the cohesive mindset which is constantly worried and stressed out.

Worried about their funding.

Worried about their job.

Often worrying about things which are out of their control.

All this stress and uncertainty leads to some of the staff getting anxious and depressed, and they then miss work and go off sick.

Some of my colleagues were on anti-depressants and sleeping tablets because of the job.

The employer is partly to blame for the conditions people have to work under, all the uncertainty, change and increasing workloads.

However, it seems to me, that the people in this situation, are also partly to blame too.

What I mean is, that from my experience this is yet another example of people being their own worst enemies.

*Drinking coffee all day, like 10 cups or more.

*Eating rubbish every day like sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and chocolate.

*Drinking too much alcohol.

*Not sleeping very well.

You get the picture.

Compare that to many other staff who are keeping fit and eating well, and they seem to cope much better.

A coincidence?

I doubt it, good food and exercise are like medicine and will reduce stress and boost happy hormones without the need for medication.

The lesson: if you hate your job and find it a daily struggle, and you’re stuck and can’t change jobs, change yourself.

Change your routines.

Drink more water.

Eat less crap.

I can pretty much guarantee, and I offer very few guarantees, if you do this you will FEEL better. Not only about your job, but about life in general.

As always, the choice is yours.

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Richard Clarke

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