Do you suffer from the case of the Mondays, every day? Are you hoping to get in a car crash on your way to work? Can’t quit because you have grown up bills to pay? If you said yes to these questions, then you are probably harboring strong hateful feelings about your job. This can’t be good for your overall mental health and it could be affecting your work performance. Here are ways to cope with your job from hell:
1. Leave your work life at work
If you have your work email linked to your personal phone, take it off now. It’s all about work-life balance. Your girlfriend or roommate doesn’t want to hear you complain. Leave your work (and all of your hatred) at your desk. You can even pretend to wad it up in a ball and toss it in the garbage. Work will be there tomorrow but your free time is sacred.
2. Learn to Deal with Your Devil-Of-A-Boss
A big chunk of why you hate your job has to do with your boss. It could be anything from leadership skills to lack of communication. Take the time to sit down with your boss and discuss your goals and their expectations. Listen to your boss with an open mind and you’ll be surprised what you may learn.
3. Pump Yourself Up
This may be difficult at first but the moment you wake up, tell yourself “today is going to be a good day!” If the very first thing you say in the morning is a positive statement, this can affect your mood for the rest of the day. If you always have a scowl on your face, then you just look ugly. Positivity is attractive.
4. Engage in Conversations with Your Co-workers
Stop being a loner and start being social. If you engage with co-workers, your day will go by faster and chances are they may have the same feelings. It’s good to let some steam out with a co-worker who understands you. Just make sure you also focus on the good and not only the bad. Discuss your goals and keep each other in check.
5. Take Your Breaks
Under California law, if you work more than 5 hours, your employer must provide you with a 30 minute lunch break. Since this is federally mandated by Obama, do it. Stop working through your lunch and take a break. It’s good to step away from your desk and regroup.
6. Leave for Lunch
If time permits, enjoy your lunch at a restaurant. Or if you brought a lunch, go outside, find a park or at least find an empty conference room on a different floor. Don’t eat at your desk, you’re there all day! Changing the scenery can help alter your attitude about work.
7. Take Advantage of Your Benefits
Some companies offer tuition reimbursement (free school!), free gym memberships, provide daycare or discounts to theme parks. Look beyond medical and dental benefits and see what other perks your work provides.
8. Focus on the Bigger Picture
Sit and write down your career goals. Look at these goals every day to help inspire to get out of hell. Your current job is teaching you how to be prepared for your dream job.
9. Give Yourself A Time Cap
Quitting right now with no savings or with nothing lined up is stupid. Set a date for when you want to quit. It can be next month or in 6 months. Having a set date will make you feel pressured to get out of hell. And you’ll be so happy once you’ve reached that goal!
What are some ways you cope? Please share with us your tips and one day we will be all out of hell!