When you think about it, the majority of us will spend a very large portion of our lives working and when you are working in a job you hate, it can be extremely overwhelming.
Unfortunately, it’s very rare that you’ll always love the work that you do unless you are extremely lucky. Most of us will have to go through a job that we despise. This might be a part-time job you are doing on weekends or something to help you work your way up the career ladder.
It’s easy enough to just say ‘life is too short, quit and do something you love’ but this is just simply not always an option. Sometimes you can’t leave because you might have a family to support, bills to pay or need to spend a certain amount of time in that job in order to move onto something better. However, this means that it’s very important to use certain tricks to help you survive until you can leave.
During one of my previous jobs which was unbelievably disheartening, it was very easy to feel like it was never going to end. However, one thing that I kept telling myself was that this was only one section of my life and soon I would be doing something completely different and this experience would just be a distant memory. Of course there were times when it was hard to see this but clinging onto any form of hope is important if you do truly want to get out of that situation.
Trying to make the best of a bad situation is probably the first way to make yourself feel better about where you are. Is there any new skills you could get or experiences you want to achieve before you leave? If so, this will help to make you feel like there is another purpose for the work you are doing there.
If there is nothing more you can possibly get from your position other than a pay cheque, I found introducing small things into my day that made me happy made a huge difference to whether I had a good or bad working day. No matter how silly it sounds, something like listening to a great playlist on your commute or treating yourself to a tasty lunch can do wonders for your positivity. Even something small like wearing an outfit you feel AMAZING in like this one right here, can totally change your outlook on the day. There’s nothing quite like throwing on a sassy pair of heels and sunglasses to make you feel like you can take on the world.
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As well as little changes, a hobby in your spare time can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing. This is something I learnt fairly late in my job and I wish I knew sooner. When I felt like my job was lacking creativity, I felt extremely down but when I decided to begin my blog, everything completely changed. I didn’t mind so much that I didn’t enjoy work because I knew that when I got home, I was going to be exploring my passion and interests. It gave me something to feel excited about, which led to me feeling more positive at my job. For too long I kept saying I just didn’t have the time or I was too tired but when I thought about it, there was time I could make for my blog and once I got into it, I didn’t feel too tired because I loved what I was doing.
Even though this certainly made things better, there were still a lot of really difficult and challenging times and I don’t think I would have gotten through them if I didn’t talk about it. I’m so grateful to the people that listened to me going on and on about my job because talking about it really did help. If you don’t feel like there is anybody in your personal life that you could confide in, do you have any colleagues that feel the same way? Having someone who knows what you are going through can be a huge help as you will both be able to support each other. If not, is it something you could talk to a HR department about?
Like I said at the beginning, it isn’t always as easy as being able to just leave your job so I hope these tips help get you through it before you find your next opportunity. You got this!