Most people spend an inordinate amount of time of their life at work. If you don’t enjoy your career, this could result in a fair amount of stress and likely depression. Thus, it becomes imperative that you first take steps to ease the stress. From there, you’re faced with more options than you may initially imagine.
Even if you don’t yet have your dream job, you can make changes — internally and externally — that will make things more bearable in the meantime. A major breakthrough is to commit yourself to taking control of whatever is in your control. To get you started on this vital journey, let’s explore what this means.
4 Ways To Handle It When You’re Not Enjoying Your Career
- Identify the Issues and Where You Can Create Change
Every situation is unique. Even so, some general advice is useful. For starters, figure out what is causing you to feel dissatisfied with your job situation. Is it related to what you’re earning, the specifics of the job, your co-workers, or your boss? Pinpointing the causes empowers you to begin finding solutions.
An excellent starting point is to start a journal in which you track such details. List the pros and cons of your career. Decide which of these is within your control. Then devise a plan, e.g. learn new skills while enhancing your current skills. In the meantime, make it a point topractice gratitude for all the pros on your list. Never take them for granted.
- Start Taking Action
If your current career sucks, surely you have an idea of what you’d rather be doing. Decide what your dream job is. It doesn’t even have to be a “dream job” but rather, a positive move toward the dream job. Visualize this move in full detail. Then make a realistic list of what it would take to make it happen. Turn this into a daily practice of never letting a single day go by without taking a palpable step toward productive change.
- Improve Your Current Situation
There has to be a thing or three you enjoy about the average workday. Savor that and build on it. This could involve you creating a better connection with some of your co-workers. Having positive social interactions is always a game-changer. Conversely, get in the habit of setting healthy boundaries — with co-workers and management — whenever necessary. Standing up for yourself cultivates good momentum for you.
- Curate a Better Non-Work Life
Not enjoying your career has the potential to leave you not enjoying your life. You must nip this cycle before it starts to spiral. There is so much more to life than how you earn money. Make the most of what we call “free time,” e.g.
- Actively seek out fun activities and put them on our schedule
- Pursue your current hobbies and interests
- Develop new hobbies and interests
- Stay connected with your friends and family members
- Indulge your creative urges whether it be art, redecorating, fashion, or more
- Volunteer for a good cause
- Commit to a meaningful spiritual practice
You Do Not Have To Suffer In Silence
Keeping your frustration and lack of fulfillment to yourself will not solve the problem or serve you well. Talk to someone. It might be trusted loved ones. Another option would be to find support groups in which you’d feel heard and understood. Best of all, reach out for a free and confidential consultation.
Weekly therapy sessions can be the precise setting you need to process what you are feeling while building a new work life. Under the guidance of a seasoned professional, you will comprehend how many options exist for you.
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