How You Know You Hate Your Job
Hating your job is a TERRIBLE FATE to face every Sunday evening. I’ve been there. Monday-itis hits hard around Sunday at 6. A pit in your stomach begins to form and you’re dreading that the weekend is coming to an end. Your mood quickly shifts and you have to get to bed early to rise for another week of mental anguish. If this is you, safe to say you hate your job.
There are few circumstances that are worse than hating your job. Here, in America, quantitatively we spend the most time out of our days at our jobs. That’s actually a VERY SAD statistic. I think our culture is SLOWLY moving toward a better work/life balance, but by and large, we have the worst balance out of the world in regards to this, apart from Japan. Currently, there is an epidemic in Japan of Karoshi, which literally means “overwork death”. This condition is mainly prevalent in millennials, and working to the point of death has become something that is more and more common in the news. Typically, heart failure is the cause, WOW.
This culture of working with no boundaries is much more acceptable with the adaptation of technology. Email, smartphones a.k.a. CONSTANT CONTACT.
Apart from having to manage the weight of insurmountable competition and responsibility, most struggle with not being able to pinpoint the career or job that fits.
This was me. I landed a job after graduating with my bachelors degree that perfectly fit my degree, BUT NOT ME. I quickly found myself hating my job, while working on my masters degree simultaneously. It was a mess of work/life balance and I knew I needed something different.
Leading up to my wedding day, I spent most mornings crying on the way to work because I didn’t want to go. It was not a good fit (obviously), and I felt stuck because I was getting ready to start my new life in our new home together and my real adult life (ya, know like bills and such). I didn’t see how I could just quit. I was in complete mental hell. If you read here, I explain how I told my husband on our honeymoon that I wanted to quit my job. Talk about working through something pretty heavy right off the bat, haha.
Through that experience, I learned A LOT about myself and grew in ways that gave me insight into what makes me tick. << SO THAT’S A HUGE POSITIVE! (pros vs cons)
If you are hating your job, you KNOW you have to make an exit. The best piece of advice came from my mother during my “I CAN’T TAKE ONE MORE DAY OF THIS” phase, and that was simply – YOUR ARE IN CONTROL. Nobody was forcing me to stay in that job, I had freewill to quit at any time.
Once I realized that I was in control, I was released from the shackles of hating my job! I knew that if I got to my wits end, I could just quit. That seems simple enough, but when you’re in the throws of your daily life, there really feels like no way out.
I soon began planning and contemplating my exit strategy and in the meantime, I changed my perspective with these daily tasks.
So until your last day at that soul-sucking job, try these tips.
How to make it through the day when you hate your job:
- Get up early – set your alarm so you have an extra 45 mins in your time before work begins.
- First thing, use time to do a bible devotional or read a personal growth book.
- Leave your house early enough so you can take your time getting to work, stop off for some coffee, and/or sit in your car and listen to your favorite podcast before going in.
When I was rushed in the mornings, it made my sick feelings SO MUCH WORSE. Having this personal time REALLY helped manage my emotions better about spending my day at that horrific place. ( haha, can you tell it wasn’t a good fit)
2. Drink HALF your weight in ounces of water EVERY DAY – water keeps your mind clear and your body feeling energized. Plus, drinking so much gives you plenty of potty breaks to interrupt the monotony of your day.
3. Lunch time is YOUR TIME – don’t feel obligated to go to lunch with colleagues. Take your lunch time to run errands, take a nap (in your car while listening to your favorite music/podcast), or go for a walk. Try to eat something clean so you don’t get the sugar crashes and mood swings connected to junk food.
4. Smile at everyone you pass – this may seem a little odd, but research shows that smiling boosts your mood and even lowers your heart rate. Your disposition will naturally be more positive, just by flashing your pearly whites!
5. Leave what can be left – give yourself permission to leave what should be left. Many people feel overworked and underappreciated. If you are able to, don’t take work home.
6. Workout AT LEAST FIVE TIMES a week – this doesn’t have to be outrageous, it can even be simply walking, like mentioned above, during lunch. Just get moving. Exercise releases endorphins and hormones that balance out mood and stress. If you can do it at lunch or BEFORE work, you’ll reap the benefits even more.
These tips got me through my final month in that haneous position. My attitude was much improved, and I didn’t feel like I was losing my mind. Before you quit, it’s best to have a job or plan in place. Give yourself grace and recognize that you have options!
Have you ever hated your job? What advice/tips helped you manage your daily life during that time? Leave your comments below!