Stress (Image Credit: Sara V.)

Signs You’re Working Too Hard…

Stress (Image Credit: Sara V.)

Stress (Image Credit: Sara V.)

Whether you’re a student, an employee, an artist, an athlete, a parent or anything else, you’ve probably got a lot of work to do. And sure, that comes with the territory of being a responsible human being, but sometimes we human beings take it too far. The line between working and overworking is very thin and all too easy to hop over. So how do you know if you’re working too hard? Well, there are a number of ways:

You look like a zombie.

You’ve already stopped looking in the mirror because it’s too disappointing, and now you’re starting to actually scare people. That little girl that ran and hid behind her mom at the grocery store should have really tipped you off.

And that’s partly because you don’t sleep anymore.

The last time you managed to get 4 hours of sleep, you got way too excited. And that was a really long time ago.

Partly because of the stress.

You bought yourself one of those stress balls. But then you lost it somewhere amid the piles of unwashed laundry, unopened mail and everything else you’re working too hard to get to.

And partly because you’ve just stopped taking care of yourself.

Remember that time when you wore pants that had a zipper and brushed your hair before you went out in public? That was a happy time.

Your friends don’t ask you to hang out anymore.

The last time you did anything fun was…uh…

Your “To Do” list has subcategories.

And the first thing on the list is “Make a To Do List.”

You work and work and never feel accomplished.

That “To Do” list keeps getting longer and not much gets crossed off of it. So you get physically burnt out by the work you do and mentally burnt out by the all the work that’s still waiting for you.

Your emotional breakdowns are becoming more and more frequent.

In fact, they’re on your “To Do” list now under the subcategory “Weeping.”

You’re never in a good mood.

When you’re not weeping, you’re usually angry. Which might be one reason you don’t hang out with people anymore.

The apathy is overwhelming.

“Meh. That’s good enough,” is becoming sort of a catchphrase for you. You used to be really gung-ho about what you were involved in. You took pride in your work and really cared about what you did. But none of that matters now. Nothing really matters now.

So, if you’re finding that any (or many) of these things apply to you, it may be time to take a break. Don’t let your work consume you. Working is a good thing, but if it’s making you fall apart, take a step back, breathe, and don’t overdo it anymore!

Image courtesy of Sara V
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