We live in a fast-paced culture that teaches us to put work above all else. But there are times you need to put your health first — as in, before anything else. Without your health, you can't have anything, so if your work is important to you, your health should be, too.
"Pain is there to tell us something is wrong — stop what you are doing, and either rest or get help," Dr. Carolyn Givens, MD tells Bustle. "Pain is one of the most obvious signals our bodies give us that says: pay attention! Besides the obvious example of pain, changes from the usual patterns of the body’s rhythms may be a signal that something isn’t right. Significant changes in sleep quality, urinary frequency or bowel habits, appetite, or mental functioning, just to name a few, can all be potential signs of acute illness or a slower decline of one’s health."
If you're experiencing any health-related problems, see a doctor as soon as possible. And if these problems require your attention, give them all the attention they require. Any decent employer will understand if you need to focus on your health. If any of the following situations apply to you, drop everything and put your health first.