When Work Gets in The Way of Your Health

When’s the last time you took time to think about your health?  If you’re like most modern-day employees, you haven’t in far too long. Work puts food on the table and keeps the lights on, so we understand that you consider your job a high priority in your life.  However, have you considered that if your health declines and something happens to you, you will be unable to work and provide at all.  Taking care of yourself is vital to not only your personal well-being, but also to your career!

How can you take better care of YOU?

Don’t Skip the Appointments.  Annual physicals, routine lab work, and even your dental and/or vision appointments are all necessary to keeping your health at its best.  Don’t let a work schedule stand in the way of you keeping up with your healthcare.  If your appointment must be scheduled during a work day, do your best to get it as early or as late in the day as possible, so as to interrupt your schedule the least.  Speak with your boss about the appointment, ask if you’ll be able to take a couple of hours of leave time (whether sick leave or vacation leave) and if possible, get someone to stand in for you while you are gone so the workplace will feel your absence less for the time you’re out.  Most employers will appreciate that you are keeping yourself healthy and will work with you to make your appointments.
Choose Wisely at Mealtimes.  A busy work life is no excuse to eat unhealthy food choices.  Healthy eating does take a little more work than grabbing a soda and a burger at a nearby fast food joint, but the benefits far outweigh the time it takes to pick a nutritious option.  Either pack your lunch the night before with plenty of quality protein and fresh fruits/vegetables, or find a local eatery that specializes in healthier menu choices.  Your body will thank you!

Make Time to Focus on Yourself.  Whether it’s hitting the gym in the evenings when you get off work, or doing 20 minutes of yoga before your morning shower and early commute, taking care of yourself should take a high spot on your priority list.  Not only are these things good for your physical body, providing exercise and promoting cardiovascular health, but they are also good for your state of mind.  Even if a hot bath and a good book are all you can manage, as long as it’s something you enjoy and that helps you clear your mind and relieve stress, go for it!

Don’t let work take over your life.  It can quickly lead to poor health and will leave you feeling ragged and run down.  Is your current unemployment status and resulting job search leading to the same thing?  Take away the stress and let PHR Staffing Solutions help you find a job faster and easier.  We do the hard work for you.  Simply apply for one of our current openings here on our site, or give us a call to learn more about how we help Polk County applicants get hired.