3 Bizarre Signs Your Anxiety Is Out Of Control

Anxiety is an incredibly common condition. Thousands of people experience it on a macro level, a response to life circumstances and events that feel beyond their control. Beyond that, there are a variety of different anxiety disorders. These manifest not from direct life stimuli, but from misfiring brain chemistry, causing you to feel panicked and anxious even when there is no particular reason to do so. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD both find their definitions as anxiety disorders.


Despite how common anxiety is, it can be incredibly difficult to treat. There are various therapies available, but they tend to have a limited scope for success. They can provide a temporary relief but, over time, sufferers are less likely to continue to apply the learned techniques and thus the anxiety returns. Nevertheless, if anxiety is a persistent problem for you, then they’re well worth investigating.


One of the most difficult parts of this whole anxiety cycle is learning to recognize what’s happening. If you’ve experienced an upsurge in anxiety, there’s every chance that you don’t even realize that it’s happening. It can be tough to detect, because you’re too busy reacting to it to even be able to sit down and notice what’s going on.


That’s why a massive part of coping with chronic anxiety is based around learning to interpret your symptoms. Below are six unusual ways that a rise in anxiety might manifest itself; if you notice any of these – and have a history of anxiety control problems – it might be time to speak to your doctor in an effort to nip it in the bud.


#1 – Sleep Problems

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Lying awake at night worrying sounds like a classic anxiety thing – so of course you’re going to notice that. However, anxiety can disturb your sleep in other ways. It can make you more liable to wake up in the middle of the night. Conversely, it can also make you want to sleep more. It can also manifest itself as daytime tiredness, even if you slept perfectly well the night before.


As a rule of thumb, any change in what’s normal for you regarding sleeping patterns should be treated as a sign of a potential issue.


#2 – Less Impulse Control

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When our brains and systems are pulsing with all that excess adrenaline that anxiety causes, we’re not in a fit state to be making good decisions. That means, when you’re highly anxious, you’re less likely to be able to control your impulse.


This often manifests itself in terms of addictive behavior. If you’re a former smoker who has long since fled the cigarettes for the world of vaping, sweet eliquid flavors, wares from the likes of Vapor Vanity, and mod devices, then a highly anxious time might see you suddenly crave cigarettes again. Or if you’re usually happy to eat healthily with a low-carb diet full of healthy fats, a spike in anxiety will suddenly make all those carbs and refined fats sound delicious in a way they haven’t in years. These cravings – for cigarettes, alcohol, or food – aren’t based in real feelings. You can be happier as a vaper; delighted by the impact of your good diet; thrilled to no longer be waking up with a hangover after a rough night… but you’ll still want to return to the “bad” ways when your anxiety is out of control.


This is because your brain is trying to soothe itself, using old tried and tested methods. If you’ve made healthy changes that you have enjoyed, but are suddenly feeling tempted back to the bad old days, it’s a signifier that your anxiety is back in the driving seat.


#3 – Losing Your Temper

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Whether you’re usually a calm person or have always had a bit of a hot temper, a surge in anxiety is likely to cause problems. You will suddenly find yourself flying off the handle at the mildest of stimuli but – most noticeably – the anger doesn’t last. You vent, shout, and within five minutes you’re over it.


This is a sign that you’re not truly angry. If you had a justifiable reason for being angry, it would probably stick around for longer rather than fading away like a spent firework. These spikes of anger aren’t to do with the other person or circumstance; they’re all about you struggling to cope with that excess adrenaline in your system.


If you notice any of these three signs beginning to develop, you should try self-coping strategies such as meditation or breathing exercises. If these don’t bring about results, then talk to your doctor – excessive anxiety is not something you ought to deal with alone.

The Election Battle: Dealing With Office Politics At Work



When you start work, nothing will prepare you for what is in store. It isn’t only the realization that you have lived in a bubble, even though that is shocking. Mainly, it’s the lengths that people go to in the office to get ahead in their careers. To this day, people who have worked in these environments still don’t know how to navigate the choppy waters. And, that isn’t a dig because it is hard to know what to say and when. If you want to sharpen your skills, below are the tricks of the trade that keep politicians at bay.


Stamp Out Nasty Behavior


Some colleagues are like predators in the sense that they like to sniff out and target the weak. As a result, the odds are they will try they luck with you, especially if you are new. Sometimes, it is more than a competitive edge and crosses the line into harassment. If you feel abuse in the workplace is taking place, act swiftly. Usually, offices have protocols for such measures that you can follow. For those of you that think this makes the situation worse, pull the person to one side. Explain politely but with force that you can play the game too.


Make Friends


People that have friends have colleagues who are willing to watch their back. Those that don’t are alone and vulnerable, and this makes you a more attractive target. The best thing to do is to form a tight knit group that looks out for another’s interests. When you are a part of a clique, it is harder for people to discredit you as someone will come to your aid. So, the first step when you start a new job is to get to know as many people as possible. Once they vouch for you, they will integrate you into their friend group.


Document Your Work


It isn’t always rude and aggressive people that are the problem. Lots of the time, it is the dishonest person that acts as your friend and stabs you in the back. One of the main examples of this is taking credit for other people’s work. It happens all the time in offices, and there isn’t much you can do other than document your time. Calling people out looks desperate, particularly when it is common. By writing down what you did and when there is a record should it ever come up with the bosses.


Don’t Be Discouraged


The main reason individuals play the politics game is fear. They see a threat, and they want to eliminate it as soon as possible. So, take positives from your experience by acknowledging that they fear your abilities. You are someone who may get in the way and they want you out. Apart from anything else, this should encourage you to continue down the same path. After all, it is a sign you are doing something right. Otherwise, they wouldn’t bother in the first place.


Lastly, you can report bad behavior to HR as the final straw.

Unconventional Ways to Ease Depression

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If you’re depressed, then you should always see your doctor before you do anything else, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all you should do. Taking medication and getting therapy may well help you, but so will ma of these unconventional ways to ease depression, and many of them are completely free…


Help Others


When you’re feeling depressed, it isn’t always easy to get up and moving – sometimes even taking a shower is too much to bear – but on those better days, when you can get out of bed and go outside for a while, make an effort to help other people. Volunteering or even just giving a dollar to a homeless person, will take you out of your head for a little while, and make you feel a little better about yourself.


Learn to Smile


If you can learn to smile more, even when you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, it will help. Sure, it won’t cure your depression in a snap – it’s more complicated than that – but it might just lift your mood, make you feel a little happier and stop those constantly circling negative thoughts from coming around quite so often.


Practice Yoga


Practicing yoga again, takes some effort and is best kept for those days when you’re feeling up to activity, but it can really boost the mind and body by putting both into sync with one another and providing you with a calm, relaxing exercise that will stop negative thoughts in their tracks and bring more peace into your day.




When you’re depressed, you will probably suffer from rumination. You will think about all of the bad things that can happen/have happened/you’ve done, and you will start to sink into the depths of despair. One thing that can stop this is to read. You might find it difficult to concentrate, but take it one sentence at a time. When you’re reading, you’ll be concentrating on the fictional words of the page – your own thoughts won’t get a look in – and if the story is good, it will make you feel better all on its own.


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If you have a dog or a cat, or you can borrow one, spending some quality time with your furry friend will help to reduce your stress levels and calm you down so that you can get through the day.




Meditation is fantastic for people suffering from depression or anxiety. It helps us to notice when we’ve fallen into a negative thinking pattern and teaches us that our thoughts are just thoughts – they have no real importance. It gives us the space to return to zero – a blank state – where we can get some respite from our troubles.




Food really does matter. If you’re eating a poor diet, high in sugar and saturated fats, you probably aren’t feeding your brain well enough. So, eat more fruits, vegetables, greens and good fats, take a multivitamin and have your nutrient levels checked if you think food could be causing your problem.


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How To Help Teenagers Going Through Stress And Depression As A Parent

If you’ve got children who are going through their teenage years, you should make yourself aware of the stresses of modern pop culture. Never before in human history, has there been so much pressure put on adolescents to look a certain way, talk and act cool, know the slang, the latest hit single, fashion and social movements. There used to be a time when a kid could just be a kid, with not many pressures of high expectations from their peers and be praised for being an individual. These days, apart from the stringent academic demands from school and college, the endless coursework, revision, exams and course choices, peer pressure plays a large role in development. Even if they have had a healthy upbringing of love and kindness, anxiety is a menace in their brain; it causes rational human beings to do irrational things, which can often lead to feeling alone. There some signs which parents should be on the lookout for to spot if your child is suffering from mental health concerns.

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Stubbornness and negativity


If you suspect school or college life is getting a bit too much for your children, try to pick up on signs of depression. Oversleeping can be a sign of mental fatigue because the body is willing, but the mind is tired and tries to shut down by going to sleep. Do your children often say ‘no’ a lot? Try to find out the reason if so, by asking question about their general life. Ask them what they want to do, or simply what they want. Often times it’s going to be much deeper than the immediate problem, such as asking them if they want to go some place of their choosing for a meal, watching a movie they’d like, etc.


Be mindful not to push them; they’re going through a really short, but fast time in their lives, where they’re finding themselves and who they are. It’s a good guess that they don’t know themselves, so there may not be a yes or no answer to your questions. Make them feel reassured, and show your understanding by swapping stories of your childhood and how stressful it was. Relating to someone who is stressed can soothe their worries, so they don’t feel alone.


Delving into the bottle


During the ages of 15-20, children are transitioning from childhood to adulthood, in more ways than one. Sometimes the stress of exams, difficulty finding a girlfriend or boyfriend to try new experiences can spiral their anxiety out of control. Because they don’t have the life experience, they don’t know which way to turn, or try and rely on previous solutions. Adolescents are experiencing the pressure of academic pursuit or work for the first time, and some find it easier to hit the bottle. See what kind of help you can get from your health provider, use your insurance to book an introductory session to a rehab facility. Teenagers who suffer from alcoholism, are more likely to be treated successfully, than adults in later life, so beat the disease to the punch if you see signs of trouble.

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Talk it out


It’s not rocket science, but it’s very effective. Just talk to your children. Treat them like an equal, try not to patronize them and give them lectures on life. At this age, they need someone who cares about them and takes an interest in their lives and interests. If you don’t take the time to know who your children really are, as people with thoughts, feelings, political and social beliefs, you’ll never be able to connect with them on a deep level; so talk it out.


Quick Study: Speedy Ways to Learn New Skills

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Pretty much everyone has one or two skills that they wish they could master. But one of the main factors that seems to get in the way is time. Learning any new skills takes a great deal of commitment, but people struggle to put in the hours that it takes. When you do find time to practice learning your skill, you want to make sure that you are using it wisely. So, if you want to look for some quick ways that you can pick up new skills then these tips are here to give you a helping hand.


Set Realistic Goals


The best way to learn anything is to set yourself goals and make sure you stick to them. But you also want to make sure that the targets you are setting for yourself are actually realistic and achievable. So, your long-term goal may be to learn the guitar, but you may break this down by learning a new chord every few days and eventually build this up to learning an entire song. Learning the guitar seems too vague, whereas learning the chords is one that is actually measurable and achievable.


Think of the Obstacles that May Stand in Your Way
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When you are trying to learn a new skill, there will be all manner of obstacles that stand in your way. In the first days and weeks, this is when it can be difficult and frustrating, so this is your first barrier. Identify what else is blocking your learning and try to find ways to overcome these problems. If you find that you are easily distracted, put yourself in an environment where you can limit these distractions. If you find that time is an issue, move something out of your day like that extra half hour of TV. You will be in a much stronger position to deal with obstacles if you identify them early.


Focus on the Essentials


Once again, this is where it comes back to focusing on the sub-skills that you can teach yourself. When you are learning new skills, there are some essentials that will lead you quicker to your desired outcomes. So, if you are trying to learn a new language, it is likely that you will want to focus on the essential conversational skills rather than the complex areas of grammar. If you are learning to cook, you will want to focus on the skills that can be transferred across various different meals so try these delicious recipes. Focusing on the key areas will get you to your goal quicker.


Master One Area Before Moving On


The best way to achieve a goal is to put all your attention into that particular area. So, make sure you are entirely comfortable that you have got each subskill to the level you want before moving onto the next one. Otherwise, your attention will become too divided and you will find yourself pulled off in too many different directions at once.  

Know When It’s Time To Seek Professional Help For Your Health

The only way to keep up with a busy lifestyle, juggling work, the household and family life, is to be as healthy as possible. Of course, there will be certain times of the year when you feel a little under the weather, and a box of Kleenex and a hot drink usually does the trick. However, if you ignore your health and wellbeing; it’s likely to spiral downwards, cause permanent damage, and impact the quality of your everyday. Therefore, it’s vital to know when is the time to seek professional and medical advice and treatment, to ensure that your future is a happy and healthy one.

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Your Body


You’ve only got one body, so it’s vital that you look after it properly so that you can complete your daily tasks with ease and enjoy the simple things that life has to offer. So if your body isn’t performing as well as it should, and is impacting your ability to do things, then it’s time to seek a solution. Weight can often play a part in how you feel and what you’re able to achieve, so if you feel that you’re at the stage of no return, stop worrying; you’re not. It’s never too late to look into medical assistance and surgery like a lap gastric bypass, so don’t let your worries go on any longer and do your research and find the right help.


Your limbs and joints are what keep you moving around each day, so stop ignoring and aches, pains, and creaking; it’s not just part and parcel of getting old, and you can find help. The longer you leave bad joints and bones, the weaker and worse they’ll become. A qualified physiotherapist will be able to assist you with diet and exercise advice and visit your doctor to see if you need an x-ray or an operation. The sooner you get your body issues sorted out, the quicker it will be able to function properly again, and you’ll notice a positive impact on your life.  

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Your Mind


It’s all well and good getting your body up to scratch; but, it’s never going to function properly if your mental health isn’t being taken care of. Therefore, it’s important to know when to seek professional help and counseling, to help you on the road to happiness and wellbeing. Stress and fatigue can really take their toll, so finding the right person to assist you with relaxing, unwinding, and unloading your problems is a smart choice. Don’t be embarrassed or afraid of seeking advice; everyone reaches a point in their life where things get a little overwhelming, and they don’t know where to go, so it’s worth getting the issues you’re facing sorted out before they start to impact your life in a negative way.


Whether it’s grief, a relationship breakdown, or your weight; no problem is too big or too small to take care of, and remember that doctors, counselors, surgeons, and therapists have seen it all before, so you won’t be shocking anyone. The professional health care industry is there to help, so utilize them when you need it most.

The Aspects Of Health We Barely Think About

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Though we live in a health-crazed society, as perpetuated by the media and often our friends, very few of us really know what we should be doing to live a healthy life. You might exercise now and then, eat a relatively consistent diet with fruits and vegetables, but our bodies and minds are complex things; there are so many levels and layers to being healthy that it’s not enough to simply hit the gym and eat your five a day (though both of these things do help in an overall healthy lifestyle). Here are some of the aspects of health that we barely think about but which you should still give importance.


Your blood sugar.

It seems that basically all foods are filled with sugar these days; even many seemingly wholesome cereals are unhealthier than you may think. It’s hard to avoid all these delicious treats, but it might be easier to do so when you think about the harm it can do to your blood sugar levels. This is certainly something you’ll want to keep in check if you’re hoping to avoid diabetes and other such problems later in life, and it’s why you should regularly visit the doctor to check your blood sugar levels. It’s not something you should worry excessively about because a healthy eating routine should help to keep this in check.


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Your teeth.

Looking after your teeth is so important. For most of us, we care only about our pearly whites looking… well, pearly white. The priority should be the actual health of your teeth and gums, however. Flossing should be done alongside brushing your teeth if you want to avoid food and tar build-up receding your gum-line; you don’t want to have teeth removed in the future. You could consider a dental practice such as Sol Dental when it comes to getting a check up; it’s always nice to opt for a warm and welcoming environment because dental hygiene shouldn’t feel like a scary chore. You need to get into the mindset that this is for your benefit, as the health of your teeth extends far beyond how white they look. You want to keep your mouth healthy as a whole, and that’s far more important than external appearance.


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Your mental health.

There are so many ways to better look after your mental health. Above all else, take note of the advice within this article; looking after your body is the best way to look after your mind because your physical state affects your mental state and vice versa. Weight issues can lead to depression, and the food which ends up in your gut ends up affecting your mood; turn this into a positive thing and boost your energy levels with nutritional calories rather than empty ones. Most importantly, just learn to center yourself; take some time out of your day to reflect only on your presence in the present moment. Push worries about the past and future out of your mind and allow some recharging time.

Rocking Your Outfit – Why Confidence Is The Best Item You Can Wear



Outfits are never the be-all and end-all of looking great. They certainly do help, and the fashion world would be pretty dismal without the thought and attention that goes into the beautiful garments we have access to. There’s hardly a replicable feeling than finding threads that suit your physique, your look, and your general attitude down to the bone.

However, it’s easy to forget that wearing the right thing isn’t the only consideration to be made while looking good. Confidence is the glue that holds it all together. Confidence can mean many things, but in this article, we aren’t concerned with arrogance. We’re concerned with self-respect, self-acceptance, and self-love. Those three considerations constitute Confidence with a capital C.

Even a famed supermodel wouldn’t look right in designer wear if they didn’t have the confidence to pull it off. Summer, winter, white or black dresses are different on the surface, but all require that you rock them with that inner mojo that is relatively difficult to categorize, but very easy to feel. You’ll know when you have it. These following confidence tips will allow you to have it.

Stay Up-To-Date

Staying up-to-date is a vital component in staying confident in your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean you need to conform to modern fashions religiously, but it does mean adopting a few little modern chic styles here and there to give yourself a feeling of being current. Even if you theme yourself around an uncommon look, 50’s chic for example, there will be methods you can use to keep yourself looking fresh and well maintained. Modern makeup kits, skin care techniques and even exercise regimes or diets can keep you feeling on top form at all times.


Maintain yourself well. Give a close watch on your figure and make sure you exercise enough to help relieve the stressors of daily life. Give yourself the room to introspect and reflect, meditating if needed to help you reduce self-critical thoughts, and give you the presence necessary to rock your look with attitude. Remember, no matter your age, you can look simply stunning and journey through life with an open and responsive attitude.

Don’t Judge

Judging yourself is a sure fire way to never feel happy in your skin. The only way we can ever feel confident is to look into the mirror and find no enemy. We’re not trying to downplay the genuine psychological impact your insecurities can hold. However, we are advocating you do everything in your power to shift those perceptions. You are much more beautiful than you know, and it’s likely that many people see you with absolute reverence.


Don’t be afraid to be a little ‘out-there’ in your wardrobe and fashion choices. What is normal? Ask one hundred people on the street, and you’ll get one hundred different answers. If you want to try a new style, get an experimental piercing, or dye your hair a whole new color, who has the right to stop you? As long as you adhere to a few simple style techniques like matching colors efficiently and wearing garments in good condition, you have every right to ask others to respect your styling choices.

These tips will help you feel like the confident, able woman you are deep down. Dressing considerations aside, you will no doubt be the belle of the ball wherever you go, at least internally. Most of the time, that’s enough.




Does Your Physical Health Impact Your Mental Health?

The simple answer to the opening question here is… yes. There’s no point in trying to pretend that we should weigh the different options, suggesting that there is merit to both, when in reality the answer is very clear-cut indeed. Yes, physical health has a massive implication on mental health – and it’s easy to see why.


Given that this link is so explicit, perhaps the better way to focus time and energy is to look at what you can do about the impact of poor physical health (be it from an accident, an illness, or just random bad luck) can have on your mental health. Now don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a “look on the bright side of life!” patronizing response to those thoughts. In fact, acknowledging them as legitimate might be the first step to coping…


Feelings Of Injustice




Self-pity is not an emotion that many of us strive for, but it’s nevertheless one we all have a tendency to feel when our physical health is failing us. That’s completely normal; in fact, it could even be considered somewhat odd were that not the case.


After all, when your physical health is poor, your life suffers. You’re not able to get outside as much, you might miss out on events, or seeing friends – of course that’s going to give you feelings of sorrow for yourself. It’s important to recognize that you have legitimate reason to feel like that; don’t beat yourself up about acknowledging the reality.


The key is to acknowledge those feelings and see them as genuine, but then press on regardless anyway. If there’s something that you can do to make yourself feel better, then do it, but don’t expect instantaneous results. When you have been injured in an accident or taken ill, you are going to struggle with feelings of “but why me?” – so don’t let anyone try to suggest that you’re wrong for doing so.




Somewhere in the midst of that self-pity, there is likely to be more than a little depression waiting to rear its ugly head. This isn’t necessarily clinical depression (which is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain) but situational depression. Admittedly, the classification doesn’t make much difference: both feel awful.


There is some evidence to suggest that having a positive mindset during times of ill health can actually benefit healing. However, this isn’t found just by telling yourself to get over it and cheer up. Therapy is usually the best option for finding your way back onto a more even footing, so don’t be afraid to seek out options to talk to a professional about what you’re going through.


Apologizing For Yourself




Finally, perhaps the most damaging mental health impact of poor general health is when you constantly feel the need to apologize for yourself/the “problems” that you cause other people.


Try and remember that you don’t have to apologize for the fact you are alive. By all means, acknowledge the contribution of the people who help you, but don’t apologize for existing. Snapping out of this habit will bring about the most positive change in both how you view yourself, and how you respond to suffering a health misfortune. Good luck.



The Important Of A Work/Life Balance

There’s a very fine line between work and play. We spend most of our week stuck in the workplace, working our way up the career ladder and dealing with office politics, so the downtime we have away from the office is so precious. The thing is, for the most part, our jobs have a direct effect on our personal lives. The concept of leaving work stresses at work is one that many fail at doing. The idea is a great one, but in practice it doesn’t quite work that way. Bringing the office home is an inevitability, especially if you are in a high-powered career. The stress of being important (no, really) is something that can have a devastating effect on your personal life. Working unsociable hours, being the boss and having to make important decisions can stress you out, which leaches into your personal life.


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Finding a work/life balance is not an easy task. You have to remember that moderation is key in life but if you are someone who works hard on their career so that you can reap the reward in later life, you’ll put off a balance naturally. Spending more time grafting and working whether in the office or out of it means that your personal life is on pause. Deciding whether work is worth that kind of commitment is the first thing you should do, and if your career is that important to you, then you have to recognise that you may miss out. We live in a fast-paced world, and employers expect more from their staff every single day. On top of that, we put more pressure on ourselves to do better, to reach that bonus and to climb the corporate ladder. Have you noticed that your 9-5 day has turned more into an 8-7 day? With travel time and overtime, people are pushing themselves to do better, but this can lead to a burnout. We allow ourselves to be pushed in the hopes that we can further our careers, and even when our careers do not change we still do more.

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Maintaining a balance in your work life and your personal life is going to be crucial for you to be able to be an effective employee and a better person. If you don’t work on a balance, you can end up burning out, which means you cannot keep going. Stress is normal occasionally at work – who hasn’t had issues in the workplace? But when you feel too overwhelmed to meet the demands of your job, there’s a problem. Burning out happens when you cannot function at work any longer. It’s like the brain just shuts off and refuses to cooperate, and burning out is like a physical injury. Lethargy, low immune system and even illness can manifest after a burn out and the idea of having to function and actually work feels like a foreign one. A burnout can also negatively impact your personal life. The feeling of not being able to cope, depression and the guilt of not being able to cope can mean that you aren’t able to function personally as well as professionally. Allowing your stress from work to infiltrate your home life can put your family in jeopardy. It’s easy to become self-involved when work is stressing you out, and taking it out on the people around you is a natural – if annoying – reaction. As soon as you feel like you are starting to drown at work, you MUST speak up. You may well be making a great impression with your ability to cope on the outside, but if losing you as an employee will hurt a business, then your employer will want to know how you are doing. If you choose not to speak up, you are putting yourself at risk.

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There are some workplaces – especially those that are more physical, like building – that have a physical reaction on your health. Working in environments that are dust-heavy and working with big machinery can be a risk to your physical health and this means extra vigilance is needed. You could work for forty years in your job in a trade and not feel any impact to your health until much later. Working in an unstable environment, even with the right masks and eyewear, can still be detrimental to your health and it’s not unusual for builders to suffer work-related injuries and illness later in life. If you find yourself at the doctor’s office with an illness that has been brought on by years of working in dusty environments, you can find an attorney online here to help you through the process of getting compensated. Your work is supposed to ensure the right health and safety levels so that you aren’t exposed to dangerous materials. Unfortunately, whatever environment you work in, you can still be affected later on by it. If you feel like your workplace is causing you to have issues with your health, then you need to be honest with your employer and have them put more help into place so that you are living the safest, healthiest way that you can.

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By maintaining a good balance between your work life and your personal life, you will notice a huge difference in your own immune system. It’s no secret that your mental health plays a huge role in how your body responds and your stress in the workplace has a direct impact on the way your body responds. Taking time to look after yourself – through a balanced diet, exercise and good communication in your relationships – is how you can eliminate those workplace stresses from finding a home in your personal life. This can limit immune system responses that end up in you being run down, full of flu and generally unhappy. Mental health is not a joke, and if you are taking care of your mental health you can generally overcome most stress reactions. Healthy living is such an important part of keeping your life balanced, so your diet and the rate you exercise should be taken care of without much incident. Looking after your health can make you feel great on the inside and when you feel good, this is reflected in everyday life.

Ask yourself this question: are you satisfied with your ability to meet the demands of your job as well as the demands of your family? If you are not satisfied by this, then something has to give, and it’s not going to be your family. Working in a job you don’t care for simply because of the money is not a reason to keep working there. Money may pay the bills, but if you aren’t doing something you love, you will never be able to function correctly. There will always be something that tugs you away from your job, or make you feel unhappy about what you are doing. You have two choices in this case: you can either retrain and do something you would love to do, or you can work with your current employer to make your work life easier and more flexible. This is always a risk, of course, as what you do may not have flexibility. But you cannot compromise your home life just to find a balance. You may be surprised. Employers are far happier to work with employees so that they stay productive people than to watch them burnout and hope that one day they pick themselves up.

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The work/life balance is a much-debated topic. For some, it’s a no-brainer in that they need to have a richer personal life in order to enjoy their work life, but that’s not going to happen unless you can enjoy the time you spend away from the home and earning money. If you can find happiness in your professional life, then you will naturally have a happier personal life. You will be a happier person with a better outlook on things and able to function with energy every day. Making a conscious effort to see friends, eat well and get enough sleep can stave off the threat of depression. Doing something that you love will also make you happy. It may not be an easy challenge, to achieve that balance, but you have to at least try. Leave work on time instead of doing unappreciated overtime hours. Step away from your workplace and enjoy a lunch with a book in the park and enjoy that hour of fresh air a day. Learn to prioritise the things that make you happy. If there’s a work conference that you don’t necessarily have to be at, choose to spend time with the kids instead.

Your life, your wellbeing and your health all matter – you have to realise this. We live one life, so there’s no use spending the whole of your life working and working only to end up ill later on because of it. Find that balance and hold onto it with two hands!