7 Ways to Cope with the 'I Hate My Job' Feeling
It's Sunday night. You're comfortably sitting in bed curled up with a cup of nice hot tea, watching your favorite TV Show and then something awful happens: the realization that Monday's coming hits you hard. I mean Mike Tyson hard-to-recover-from hard. I guess it happens even to the best of us, the ones that are head over heels in love with their job. But the impact it has on someone that dislikes or borderline hates their job is downright depressing.
That nauseating feeling you get when you wake up to go to a job you utterly dislike has the same psychological and clinical negative effects on you as being unemployed, if not worse. Committing to a job, investing time, patience and knowledge without actually feeling appreciated, monetary or otherwise, can lead to anxiety, depression, elevated blood pressure or heart diseases.
If you're in it for the long run, but for the wrong reasons, quit. Seriously, quit. Take a few days off to clear your mind and start searching for a job that will sustain your mental needs. Carrying such a burden that has zero positive outcomes is in no way worth it.
I'm all for paying your dues, working a 9 to 5 job that you hate as long as it leads to greater and higher possibilities, as long as it is a short term type of deal that will draw the outline of a better future career. If the purpose is simply adding up to your experience, here are a few tips to help you win at this energy-draining game.
1. Be available! It's quite possible that your company has plenty of employees that have been there for a while and have burnt their 'oh, I wanna do this! I'm here! I'm available' stick. Showing them you're willing to go an extra mile or two will give you a chance at showing a quality that doesn't really qualify as résumé worthy. Don't go overboard though! No one likes the 'trying too hard' dude.
2. Be yourself! You might think that copying your coworkers' style is the safer way to go. Wrong! Speak up, give your input, risk having an idea rejected – it actually helps. Employers appreciate originality and fresh points of view.
3. Set your goal! Having particular targets in mind keeps you focused, alert and helps you overcome the dreariness of certain assignments. Ticking tasks off your list is a sure way of measuring your professional growth.
4. Communicate! That's the last thing you wanted to hear, isn’t it? Get it off your chest, talk it out with your boss or coworkers and fix possible misunderstandings.
5. Make the most of your lousy days! Laughing it off and keeping your sense of humor kills time and mental exhaustion. As an added bonus, you'll get show off your comedic skills while bonding with your coworkers.
6. Work hard! The irony, right?! Giving your absolute 100% will most likely boost your self esteem, you'll acquire new skills on the way and overall, become a much better person. On the flip side, surviving a job you detest makes it easier to discover whatever it is you actually want to do in life.
7. Learn to let go! You've spent hours working on that presentation, yet no one even cared to glance at it. Don't let it get to you, or you'll find yourself constantly questioning your worth and that's definitely not the road you want to take. It's their loss anyway!
There's plenty to be added to this list, but as it happens, we're way too complex to bend to a set of specific helpful rules. Find whatever works best for you and hold on tight! It's a bumpy road, no doubt about it, but the feeling of relief and accomplishment that comes at the end of it, makes up for dealing with annoying coworkers, unpleasant bosses or strenuous tasks.