Do You Feel As If Your Job Is Crushing Your Soul?

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Last Updated on April 23, 2021

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It’s 7 in the morning and your alarm clock rings! You wake up bleary-eyed, and resisting the temptation to throw the blasted thing across the room again (remembering the window you accidentally smashed last time), you stumble out of bed with a sorrowful heart.

You keep telling yourself that you should be glad to have a job in the first place. Many people don’t. But that sick feeling in your stomach still hasn’t gone away, and those depressive thoughts also continue to linger.

In short, you hate your job, and while it doesn’t literally crush your soul, you feel as it if it does. Bah!

Is this you? Do you relate to the description above? Then you need to do something rather than nothing to alleviate the problem. If your job is soul-destroying, you need to figure out a way to get your mojo back.

So, what should you do next?

Don’t Quit Yet

Finding a new job isn’t easy, so is there anything you can do in your workplace to make life easier for yourself? Would a transfer to a new department and a change in responsibilities be enough to improve how you feel? Are there ways you could learn to love your job rather than hate it?

If your answer is a resounding NO, then start to plan your escape route while you’re still working. Now is the time to work on your resumé, look for jobs you might be interested in, and gather references to bolster your chances.

And while you’re preparing your exit plan, you might still find ways to improve your day, perhaps by doing something charitable to renew your low spirits. Or you might plan to do something you enjoy after work, so you have something to look forward to each day, rather than get stuck in a routine that is dragging you down.

Think About Where You Want To Be

What kind of job will make you happy? What kind of job will give you a sense of fulfilment? Think about it, and make plans to get what you want.

For inspiration, know that some people enjoy working in jobs where they can make a difference. Such jobs include nursing, teaching, and social work. They are all demanding jobs, but because there are personal rewards attached with each, the blessings far outweigh the stresses.

Could it be then, that you could move into a new career? You will need to retrain, of course, if you want to advance your career. There is a commitment, but for this and any other training program, the benefits far outweigh the hard work you need to put in when you finally land a job you love.

Some people consider their hobbies and passions and look for jobs that closely match the things they already enjoy doing. Others turn their hobbies into a home business and start out on their own.

So, think about what you enjoy doing in your downtime? Could you find a job to match? Or could you start your own business? And with regards to the latter, you might actually consider starting a business as a side-hustle while you’re still working. Starting small, you will have something to work on when you have free time, and you could then quit your job once your business starts making a profit.

But if you have no idea where to turn or what to do next, consider this career aptitude test, as it will pinpoint the types of careers and job roles that might suit you going forward.

Just Do Something

Doing something is better than doing nothing. If you can’t leave your job just yet, do consider charity work, starting a side-hustle, or talking to your employer to alleviate your situation. Then think about where you want to be in the future and take the relevant steps to get there.

Life is too short to be miserable on a daily basis, so find ways to bring more happiness into your life, and one day, rather than wake with misery and a downtrodden heart when your alarm clock rings in the morning, you will actually welcome the opportunity to start a day anew, with more cheer in your heart. Start thinking about that today, especially if have related to what we have said in this article.

Take care, and thanks for reading.

My Life, I Guess

My Life, I Guess is a personal finance and career blog by Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and older millennial from Ontario, Canada that strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.

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