Work and Our Health
Is your work killing you? Is your work taking a toll on and/or damaging your health? I am not just talking about your physical health but also your mental and emotional health. It is not something we often think about unless the job is physically draining each day.
Even jobs that we love can damage our health. What’s more, is that because we love what we do we normally don’t realise the impact it is having on our health until it is too late.
An example of this is the health and social care workers. Most people working in these sectors do it because they love what they do. But in working in these sectors, especially over a long period of time it can become apparent that their job takes a toll on their emotional and mental health. Especially those who work closely with people who have suffered some kind of trauma. This can be from witnessing someone overcome and work through physical trauma or helping to care for a child who has suffered mental or emotional trauma. This can have a huge impact on your own mental and emotional states over time. In fact, the more heavily invested you are in these people the more you can become affected by their traumas! Scary right? And the funny thing is that although the care and social sectors recognise and discuss this there is very little help and support out there for these workers.
Did you know that the most common time for people to have heart attacks is on a Monday morning between the hours of 8 and 9 am! That’s right, at the beginning of their working week! This is often brought on by the stress that is caused by thinking about work, especially those in stressful jobs or stressful situations because of their job.
Now I know people having heart attacks is not what you really want to be thinking about when you think of how your current work is impacting your health. And, many of the people who may have heart attacks at these times will have other contributing factors too.
I know myself, only too well how the stress of work can impact on your home life and your health and not everyone has the time or is able to figure out a healthy way of destressing or even managing their stress levels. This is the reason I myself, started working online for myself, to help alleviate much of this stress.
It is not only high flyers and top earners that have lots of work stresses. There are many minimum wage jobs out there that put a lot of unnecessary stress on workers. Insisting on workers meeting almost impossible targets or risk losing their jobs. Life can be hard enough when working for minimum wages or working more than one job to just get by in life without worrying about how safe your job is. And let’s face it very few jobs these days are safe and secure.
Anxiety around work and the work people do is also commonplace these days. People who don’t like their jobs but haven’t been able to find something else. Workplace bullying, yes it does go on, the fact that you are working with adults just makes it worse when it does happen as they tend to be more skilled at it without getting caught, especially if the bullying takes place in a one to one situation.
Job v Work v Business
JOB = JUST OVER BROKE
This is what a job means for most people. Working to pay bills and barely get by in life. If you are lucky you may manage a holiday each year and a night out occasionally. I tend to associate the word job with work that is mundane, minimum wage. A way to make a living that allows you to get by and pay the bills yet there is no fulfilment for you or job satisfaction. Often people that work doing these so-called jobs have no or little pride in their work and that really is a shame when you think just what percentage of your week or life is actually spent working.
What about work? Well, most reserve this term for people working in an industry that they like or enjoy working in. It tends to pay more than a minimum wage and there is normally a good chance that you can climb the ranks as you gain more knowledge and experience in that chosen field. The term work can be often tied in with the term career. It may leave you financially in a better situation than people with jobs but you are still working for someone else and your free time is controlled by someone else.
Yet there are people out there who are working for themselves, online, from home and can get away whenever they want. Some even travel for months because there work items, a laptop and phone can easily travel with them. These are people who we all envy. They are their own boss, they have created their own business and learned a way to earn money while doing what they want and often love. You don’t need to have a business earning millions every year to be successful, being successful for most people is living the life they want to live and to be able to financially afford it.
No asking your boss for time off or your work dictating which weeks you can go on holiday with your family. Working for yourself, you can pick and choose what you do and when and that type of freedom is priceless. Now that is not to be confused with hardly working or only working when you choose (like 2-3 hours per day). It takes a long time to be able to do that and a lot of hard work and dedication to get to that point. But if you want it enough, you can make it happen.
So, What Can You Do About It?
Well, one thing you can do is think about becoming your own boss and working for yourself, most likely from home. This can be a phased process where you work a little each day and gradually build up a business that will allow you to either reduce your working hours in your job or career or quit altogether.
Why Online From Home?
Well, the cost of set up is minimal. Most people can get started with something online for less than £50, some even being able to get started for ZERO cost.
You can start with what you have. If you have a computer, tablet, phone and an internet connection you can get started in running your own business.
With the ever-growing internet at our fingertips, this has become easier than ever for people to do. Everything you need to get started is right here, online.
With an internet-ready device and internet signal, you can research which type of work you may like to do online, learn from the experts, build your confidence to get started, start noting down all your ideas and really get ready to make one of the best changes to your life that you will ever make.
A good thing to also remember is that you are not only going to create a better life for yourself but also for those around you as you work towards your own goals you are also working towards leaving a legacy, maybe for your children or their future children and helping secure a better future for them too. It may also inspire family and friends to rethink their own situation when they see you doing what you love.
So, What Are You Planning to Do About It?
Do you dream of getting off the hamster wheel that is your work/life cycle? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to become your own boss and lead a very different life to the one you are living now?
Do you think about being able to work hours that suit you and improve the lives of both yourself and your family?
The reason I have asked the question “what are you planning to do about it?” is simply because if you want to make such changes as to how you make a living the one thing you are going to need is a plan.
You can read more about planning and goal setting at the following link https://workuponline.com/how-to-set-goals-and-achieve-them-in-5-steps
Yes, that’s right, in order to make those dreams become a reality you are going to need to spend some time planning. Planning what you are going to do and how you are going to go about it.
Start by figuring out what you want to do and researching more about the subject and how others make a living off the same of similar work models or interests. While at this stage it is also good to work out how many hours a week you are going to be able to commit to making this happen. This is important for when it comes to “planning how you are going to make this happen”.
Researching Your Dream
Well now the seed has been planted for a better life working for yourself you need to decide what it is that you would like to do for work.
It is not important what you do to earn money right now what matters is YOU and what YOU know. Everyone has something that they can offer to others, some expertise in some area that other people would like to learn about. Or you may be able to offer others advice and guidance or provide a service where this is possible for them to read online.
Maybe you don’t want to use a skill you already have, maybe you want to learn something completely new or have a dream of becoming a writer or Youtube superstar.
WHATEVER it is you would like to do, research it and try to get a good idea of how you are going to START and how long it is going to take to replace your current income.
Set Out a Plan
Now, this doesn’t have to be anything elaborate at first. No one is looking for you to draw up a fully-fledged business plan.
A basic plan of which steps you are going to need to take to get started with your business. For instance, if you were wanting to have your own website teaching guitar. You would need to be able to play the guitar firstly. But then you would be planning
• Name for a website, check this is available
• Are you going to build a website yourself? Super easy if you go here.
• Are you going to give video lessons? What equipment might you need?
• How are you going to bring visitors to your site? Will you use Social Media to drive your traffic?
• How are you going to monetise your site? Will you sell lessons or use affiliate links?
As well as knowing what steps you will need to take you will also need to set rough timescales for getting things done. Read our article on Goalsetting here. This should help you to start setting goals and make getting started easier for you.
“A dream is just a dream. A GOAL is a dream with a plan and a deadline”
A good tip I would offer is to include time for learning in your plans. At the end of the day, if you knew exactly how to do all this you would have been surely doing it by now. You may have to learn about adding different medium to your site, using an automated email list for your subscribers, best ways to drive visitors to your site etc.
All can be learned online and if using a platform such as wealthyaffiliate.com you will be able to learn everything in one place and from other likeminded people who are already doing this for themselves. You are even able to ask questions online in real-time and get the answers you need.
Share Your Plan
Now it is worth mentioning that if you are living with other people it will be important for you to share your plan.
Well, you are not going to manage to do this without anyone knowing unless you live yourself (if you do, you should complete this way faster as you will have no interruptions! Shh don’t tell the family I said this)
You are going to need time to yourself to get things done which means a change in your current routine. This could impact all your family members one way or another.
Your partner may need to deal with the kids themselves for a few hours, the children may be asked to keep the noise down a little more to let you concentrate and your extended family may not see you as often at first.
Besides, it is good for them to know that you not only want to build a better future for yourself but also for them. But you would also like their support and encouragement as this can make a huge difference when getting started on your own.
So, what are you waiting for? If you really want to get started making money for yourself the best time to start is NOW!
If you wait for the right time or when you have more time available, you will never start. You need to START NOW.
START – thinking of what you will do to become your own boss.
START – researching your ideas.
START – planning your future business.
START – Sharing your ideas with family and loved ones.
START DREAMING OF A BETTER FUTURE.
Believe me, the hardest thing to do is START but once you do it kinda has a snowball effect and before you know it you will be getting things done and making things happen. You will be starting to build your own business or build another income stream.
The only thing holding YOU back from building a better future for yourself is YOU! Start NOW!
If you still don’t know where to start why not start by creating a FREE ACCOUNT HERE and find out what others are doing to create their own brighter and better futures.
Don’t Let Your Work Rule Your Life Any Longer
Don’t let your work kill you or make you ill. Your work should not be having any negative impact on your health at all. For most, they give enough while being at work without it limiting or having an impact outwith the workplace. Say NO to letting work rule your life and YES to living the life you dream of. The only thing standing in your way is you! only YOU can change your life and get it to where you want to be. It may be hard work at first but, it sure will be worth it in the end when you are healthier, happier and more content with your life.
Please if you want it, try it and don’t live to regret never having chased your dream.