Is your job getting you down? We’ve all been there, that feeling of dread as the alarm clock wakes us up on Monday mornings. We all know the signs that you should quit your job but many of us end up settling for something less than we deserve. Perhaps due to financial necessity or blind loyalty, we just keep on keeping on. Over time, this wears us down and we end up feeling very frustrated with our work situation.
If you can relate to this, then as the New Year begins, it’s time to take action! If you dread heading back to work, because it’s simply not aligned with who you are, then you must remember you have a choice. We’re all here for a limited time and life is too short to live a miserable life. You deserve more than that for yourself. The three tips below will hopefully help you feel more inspired to take action when your job is getting you down.
Talk it Out
All too often, we keep our feelings bottled up; preferring to not let on about how we’re really feeling. Unfortunately, this pressure-cooker approach is a temporary and unhealthy solution. Oftentimes, these suppressed emotions may often lead to an overwhelming emotional outburst at the most unwanted moment. How horrible would it be if you completely lost it in front of a colleague, customer, or even your boss?
The other mistake you may make is talking to everyone except for the one person, or group of people, who can actually help alleviate your stress and resolve the problem. Yes, that’s right, speak up and discuss your issues with your direct manager or boss. If your employer knows the reason for your unhappiness, and is in the position to do something to resolve or ease the situation, they normally will. It can take courage, but it’s worth the risk. What’s the worst that can happen? The best result is that you would feel heard and understood. This would certainly help to pull you out the dumps. Your feelings of dread would hopefully dissipate.
Change it Up
If you’re feeling overworked, reducing your hours might be the answer to your problems. However, reducing your hours might also mean you’ll face a pay cut. If this would be a problem for you, an alternative is to ask for flexible time. Find out if you can work from home on certain days. Even if you can stay home one day, then this will allow for a greater sense of freedom and autonomy.
In the alternative, you could change your working hours to come in an hour earlier in an attempt to avoid rush hour traffic. Or, consider using another method of commuting to work. Instead of driving 45 minutes each way, use this ‘dead time’ on the commuter train or bus to catch up on work. Or even better, take this time to read or catch up on your favorite Netflix series. Use this opportunity to simply de-stress from the long day at work. By simply changing your travel routine, you may be able to squeeze in some self-care and let the day’s worries dissolve easily.
Find Something New
If all fails, and you’re unhappy to the point you would like to change jobs, or perhaps even career paths, the New Year is a great time to make this change. Do some research into which personality type you are and then find a career that is aligned with your personality. For example, you could use a Myers Briggs personality test. Then, search for careers for ENFP personality types and find career paths and particular jobs aligned with your personality type. The great thing about this approach is it’s like finding a square hole for your square peg rather than trying to force a square peg through a round hole. You will feel less frustrated and discontentment. The most important thing, in your career, is to do something that is aligned with your nature and who you are at your core. If you find a career that you love, feelings of being in a job rut would be a thing of the past. No longer would you feel that your job is getting you down.
In summary, when you’re at your wits end with work, don’t just stick it out. Do something about it. This doesn’t need to be as drastic as leaving your job. It could be as simple as changing your working hours or method of commuting. Or, share your frustration and feelings with someone who is in the position to help. You’ll be surprised how much people are willing to help out their team, particularly if you’re a valued asset. The point is, don’t allow your job to keep getting you down. Take the bull by the horns and start making some positive changes that will allow you to move toward a brighter future.
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