When you’re at work, it’s easy to lose track of time. The demands of your job can take over your life and make it hard to prioritize other activities—even when they’re important. But as we all know, taking time for yourself is essential for good health and well-being. And if you find yourself struggling with stress on the job, here are some signs that might indicate it’s time for a workplace retreat:

Lack of focus.

  • Lack of focus.

You may find it difficult to focus on tasks and concentrate, or even lose your train of thought in meetings, which can make it hard for you to remember things as well. You might also find yourself having trouble staying on task when working over a long period of time. This is important because if you don’t give yourself enough time to complete tasks properly and meet deadlines, then they won’t get done at all!

Negative thoughts.

It’s a sad but true fact that negative thoughts can be a sign of stress. It’s not just the occasional “I am so stressed!” outburst—it’s more like thinking about your job constantly and obsessively, wondering if you should quit or whether you even have anything left to give. If this sounds familiar to you, it may be time to step back from work and take a break from your duties for now!

If we all had perfect jobs with no stress at all (and no bad bosses), life would definitely be easier than it actually is for us humans who face real challenges every day. However, there are times when stress does help us grow as individuals: We learn new skills in order to deal with our problems; we become stronger because we have figured out how tough things can get; and most importantly — we realize how important relationships are in life!

Startling changes in your behavior.

Startling changes in your behavior.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by work and lack the time to deal with it, consider taking a break from your job. If you’re feeling stressed out by constantly being on call, try taking time off—even just one day—to recharge at home or in a nearby coffee shop. If there’s anything that can help alleviate the pressure of being an employee and make sure that your health doesn’t suffer as a result (and if it does), then now is definitely the time to take action!

Chronic pain or illness.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain or illness, it’s time to take a step back from the workplace. Chronic pain can be caused by stress, anxiety, depression, or even physical injuries. The longer you have chronic pain for (or the more severe it is), the greater your risk for other health issues like heart disease and cancer—and those are only some of the problems that come along with having an undiagnosed condition.

Chronic pain may affect your ability to work in several ways:

  • It takes longer for you to recover from activities that require mental focus (such as writing) because of how much energy these things require; this means less productivity overall when compared with someone without debilitating conditions such as fibromyalgia​

Sleep disturbances or insomnia.

  • Sleep disturbances or insomnia.

Sleep is a natural way to recover from stress, and sleep deprivation can cause your body to produce more cortisol, which can increase your stress levels. In fact, according to National Sleep Foundation research, adults who don’t get enough sleep are at greater risk for high blood pressure and heart disease than those who have good-quality restorative slumber each night. So if you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep during the night (or both), it might be best for you to try reducing your work hours and/or finding alternate ways of dealing with stress before going home at night—like taking a walk around the block while listening to soothing music or reading an engaging book instead of staring at screens all evening long until bedtime rolls around again!

Irritability and anger.

Irritability and anger. If you find yourself easily irritated by coworkers, your boss or even a customer—or if you feel like lashing out at anyone who irritates you—you may be experiencing stress.

There are several things that can cause this type of feeling:

  • You have too much work to do. This can lead to frustration and annoyance, which in turn leads to anger.
  • You don’t know how long the project will take (and/or what the deadline is). This creates uncertainty about how much time remains before completion of the project or task (which can also make people angry).

Hypervigilance (being overly attentive to everything around you).

Hypervigilance is a common sign of stress and anxiety. It can also be a symptom of other health problems, like PTSD or depression.

If you’re hypervigilant in your workplace, it’s likely that you’ve been experiencing some kind of stress or anxiety for awhile—perhaps even since childhood. It may not be immediately obvious to others (especially if they don’t know you well), but it’s important to recognize when this is happening so that you can take steps toward managing it effectively before it becomes more serious than just being slightly annoyed by coworkers’ quirks about their coffee mug collection or what time they start taking breaks from work each day (which is kind-of annoying).

It’s important for everyone to take time for themselves, especially when they’re at work

Stress is a normal part of life and can be useful, motivating and even helpful. But it’s also important to take time for yourself when you feel stressed out at work—and it’s not just about taking a break from your job.

Stress has been linked to higher rates of heart disease and depression. When we don’t manage our stress effectively, it can have an impact on our health and well-being in many ways:

  • We might eat poorly or exercise less than we should because we’re too worried about what will happen if we don’t get enough sleep or find ourselves consumed by worry over something related to work (or anything else). This type of stress is often referred to as “emotional eating.” It’s critical that you learn how best practices management strategies so that this doesn’t become a habit!
  • Our bodies need restful sleep every night because they need time away from all the noise around us while we’re awake during the day–and if there aren’t enough hours in between meetings!


If you’re like me, you’ve been under a lot of stress at work. Between trying to juggle multiple projects, meeting deadlines and keeping up with reports from your boss, it can be easy to feel like there’s not enough time in the day for yourself or your loved ones. But that doesn’t mean you should let go of all your responsibilities just because they make your head swim!