The pandemic affected not only the way of life of people across the country but also their mental health. Aside from the people who lost their jobs, the stress of the situation also affected people who had work-from-home arrangements with their employers.
After more than a year into the health crisis, people started to work onsite. But stress and anxiety were still present, and it later resulted in more health issues that many people opted to ignore. If you are among these people who opt to overlook poor health habits, it may be time for you to start taking care of yourself.
If you do not take care of yourself, it will affect your productivity and efficiency at work. And if you reach a point that you feel physically weak and sickly, you should seek urgent care immediately. Doing this may prevent a serious condition that will affect your work and life in general.
But you may be unsure if you have a health issue. Due to this, it’s good to check the different signs that you may have a health problem.
Going to Work is a Struggle
If you struggle to go to work, it may be time for you to see a doctor. You may think that the struggle is mainly due to simple aches and pains, but there may be something much more serious going on inside your body. So you should take time to visit your doctor, especially with the better situation these days.
When the pandemic started, people were asked to set appointments before visiting the clinic unless it was an emergency. They were also encouraged to use telemedicine services so that they reduce the risk of getting infected. But over a year after the pandemic started, the situation has improved. People can now visit clinics and medical institutions to consult with their doctors.
With this, you should set an appointment with your doctor to see if you have any underlying health issues affecting your work.
Increase in Weight Affects Self-Esteem
Gaining weight during the pandemic has been a foregone conclusion since gyms and fitness centers closed when the pandemic started. The American Psychological Association reported that around 61 percent of American adults experienced changes in their weight. Around 42 percent revealed that their weight increased more than they expected.
The weight gain can increase the risk of complications in case they get infected by the virus. It can also increase the risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and coronary health disease. The added weight can also cause breathing problems and sleep apnea. Additionally, you will also feel anxious about your condition and can result in clinical depression.
To deal with this situation, you can start working out, especially after gyms and fitness centers started operating again. If you are not comfortable exercising alone, you can work out with a friend who can also motivate you to stick to your workout regimen. Aside from working out in the gym, you can also perform yoga or brisk walking. Additionally, you can start eating a healthy diet to complement your exercise routine.
You can target losing one to two pounds each week until you reach your desired weight. Exercising and eating a healthy diet allows you to lose weight while building up your strength. It also improves your self-esteem, especially if people start to notice the results of your hard work.
Anxious Feeling While Going to Work
Another sign that shows that your health is affecting your job is when you have an anxious feeling whenever you are on the way to work. Even though the authorities have administered more than 325 million vaccine doses, you may still feel uneasy about working onsite. This situation is particularly true for people who lost someone to the pandemic. The trauma of the loss can affect their productivity since they cannot focus on their work.
If you are in this situation, you should consult a medical professional to help you deal with the things that happened during the past year. You can also take advantage of a wellness program that your company may offer to its employees.
Supervisors are Avoiding You
If you feel that your supervisors are avoiding you, it’s possible that they are not pleased with your performance. If you have an issue with attendance or tardiness, you should try to work it out to show your supervisor you are changing for the better. You should also focus on your work while at the office and avoid thinking of anything else.
The pandemic affected the health of people across the country. If you feel your health affects your work, you should deal with it to ensure you remain productive and efficient while at work.