Job Stress and Mental Health

on Friday, 19 March 2021.

Job Stress and Mental Health

There’s been a long-held concept that if you hate your job, and it is impacting your mental health, it’s time to look for another job.

However, given what we have experienced in the last year, leaving a job and finding a new one may be more complicated that you think. As a result, people have been left with weighing the impact of a job loss (especially during a pandemic when jobs are not easy to find) and dealing with the mental-health issues associated with a horrible job.

An additional factor to consider in the last year is the possibility you have lost a job due to the pandemic and cannot find another one in an extremely tight job market.

No matter which of the above may be the case with you or someone you know, the stress related to it is something that has to be considered.

If you are in a work situation that you hate, you are not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, 51 percent of Americans working full time are uninterested in or dislike their jobs.

People who stay at their job because they felt obligated or couldn’t find another opportunity are  more likely to experience exhaustion, stress and burnout. Additionally, an associated feeling of indebtedness and a loss of autonomy are emotionally challenging over the long term. All of these issues can lead to mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression.

At work, they can lead to an inability to be productive, which can jeopardize one’s job status. But taking it a step further, depression and anxiety will ultimately lead to greater consequences outside the workplace.

What steps can be taken to prevent this?

First, employers in need of a healthy workforce should be providing mental-health assessment tools, screenings for depression and insurance that includes good mental-health care.

And for those dealing with mental-health issues, it is critical to recognize what you are going through and take advantage of any opportunities available to deal with them. That starts with self-honesty.

Most people fear the consequences related to reaching out for help. However, the alternative is far more serious.

Getting better may require leaving a bad job – a challenging task today. 

But it’s imperative to take the steps to achieve better health. Mental-health issues should be taken seriously and treated – just as one would do when it comes to physical health.

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