No matter how dedicated you are to your job, no one can go week after week after week without needing a break. The human mind and body both have limits and once you start to class those limits, both your mental and physical performance will suffer. However, not all of us are willing to admit that we are only human and need to take some time off. If you are one of those people, here are some irrefutable signs that you need to start using some of those vacation days you have banked.
You are making mistakes
Does your job rely on you to be as accurate as possible? If so, finding yourself making more errors than usual is a pretty obvious sign that you are not performing to the best of your abilities. When that is the case, one of the easiest and most effective remedies is to take some time off.
You are having physical problems
Suffering from a sore neck, headaches, and/or muscle strain? This is likely your body telling you that it has reached its capacity and you need to give it a bit of a break.
You cannot sleep or you are sleeping too much
Has your sleeping pattern changed? Are you sitting up awake at night unable to sleep? Or do you find yourself spending more time in bed and yet you do not feel all that rested? These are pretty sure signs that something is off and you need a change of pace, as in a slower pace that you would get from a vacation.
You just do not feel well
Having trouble with your energy levels? Do you feel angry and unhappy? Do you just feel off, but cannot find out the reason why? These are all good signs that it is time to take some time off.
Pain can be a highly debilitating thing affecting us in both our work and personal lives. Chronic pain can strike various portions of the body, such as the neck and back. When this happens, it is important to develop a strategy that will effectively reduce the discomfort and improve the patient’s quality of life. Otherwise, it is quite possible for a person to become addicted to pain medications which can lead to further problems as the current opioid epidemic demonstrates.
The regimented treatment of such pain issues is known as pain management. Such a treatment program is undertaken under the supervision of a properly qualified physician who will usually recommend a combination of physical therapy and prescription pain medication.
First, the doctor must thoroughly examine the patient in order to identify the exact cause of the problem. This knowledge provides the necessary clues for planning both physical and drug therapy. Detection methods can include fluoroscopy and other types of x-rays that provide the necessary data. The type of pain being experienced can also provide valuable clues as to what needs to be done.
With this knowledge, the doctor can not only tell the patient what they should not be doing, but also what types of physical movement could be beneficial in their recovery. Such exercises are often performed under the supervision of a licensed physiotherapist. These professionals know the human anatomy intimately and can best create a regimen of simple, but highly effective therapeutic exercises.
The Doctor, meanwhile, will prescribe a series of painkillers that will reduce patient discomfort, but avoid becoming habit-forming. It is up to the patient to take the drugs as prescribed and perform their physio exercises regularly and in the correct fashion. This will allow them to heal at a rate that is advisable and likely to provide lasting positive results.