All jobs have their pros and cons but what happens when yours is only full of negatives?

"Feeling down about your job can set you up for a self-perpetuating cycle by taking a negative toll on the way you think and the way you behave," explains Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do. The more you experience negative thoughts and unproductive behavior," she says, "the worse you'll feel."

A hostile work environment doesn't just ruin the work itself, it damages the person doing the work. If you aren't 100 percent certain your job is the one thing bringing you down, here are seven red flags to keep an eye out for.

1. You constantly complain about work.

Have your friends or family heard about your job? Are they hearing positive things, or only about how you're unhappy and unfulfilled? The people closest to you may be able to tell you just how much your job is affecting you if you can't see it for yourself.

2. Social events with coworkers are less appealing.

Morin says that if your job is sucking the life out of you, talking with other people will be too exhausting. You may find yourself turning down any socializing opportunities like happy hour or going out for lunch.

3. The glass is always half empty.

No matter how many positives there are in a workday, you may overlook all the good in order to focus on the bad.

4. You have simply stopped caring.

According to Morin, "Increased procrastination, lack of participation, and sloppy work are all signs you've lost interest in your work." As work performance tanks, you could actually end up demoted or fired.

5. You're getting sick.

Physical health issues are a great indicator for how your job is affecting you. Your mental health can suffer, and you might start to see physical signs of depression like headaches, stomach pain, and more. Even further, your immune system will function at a much weaker level--this makes you susceptible to colds and other illnesses.

6. You're constantly irritable.

If your job is making you miserable, snapping at coworkers will become more common as your patience wears thin. You don't need to even be mad about anything big, since simple things can set you off.

7. Sunday is never a fun day.

If your job is bringing you down, a feeling of dread will come over you starting Sunday, as the start of the work week approaches. If you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or sad at the mere thought of having to return to work the next Monday, it may be time to start making some employment changes.

Published on: Jan 20, 2020
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