“I Hate My Job!”: Tips on How to Cope with Job Angst

Back from a break and the work keeps piling up?

Work burnout happens when you’re no longer happy with what you’re doing. It could be your officemates, the stress of the job, or your overbearing boss that’s making you want to crawl back into bed every Monday morning and wait for Saturday to emerge again.

Going to a job which you hate is never an easy thing. You’re probably having that dream sequence of smashing every single computer in the office into tiny bits while your boss gives you instructions. For some people, a personal favorite would be imagining the boss’s head swelling to the size of a watermelon before exploding. Or you can pull an Ally McBeal and dance with imaginary baby cupids in diapers.

If you’re like most people who hate their jobs, you’re simply waiting for a better deal that’s going to come along. The fact is, your job helps you pay your bills. If you ever feel like you’re the only person in the world who has had dreams of becoming an Indie artist or living the bohemian lifestyle, then you would be wrong. But just like you, other bohemians-at-heart, have responsibilities to take care of and bills to pay.

The first thing you have to do is decide whether or not you’re going to quit your job. If you do decide to resign, remember don’t file for resignation until you’re guaranteed a replacement job, and you’ve got the papers to prove it. The worst thing that could happen to any employee would be getting stuck jobless for months.

There are some people who have difficulties finding a job that they actually like. The pay may not be good enough, or the business isn’t as stable as you wish it would be. Since you’re going to be staying with your current job for a while, why not make your time more interesting? Use your current job as a way to develop your skills. Your company might be having seminars and offering you and your colleagues training courses, take these courses. Learn something new in your present company and improve yourself to increase your market value as an employee.

If getting up in the morning to go to work is becoming harder and harder each day, make sure you have enough “me time” throughout the day to help you cope with stress in the workplace. Have a positive mindset before heading to work. If you hurry to the office every morning feeling absolutely frazzled and harassed, then the whole day would just be horrible for you. Have great morning rituals which would help you feel more relaxed when you get to the office. It can be as simple as taking ten minutes of not doing anything in the morning to slowly sip and savor your first cup of coffee. Improving your mood in the morning can help you feel more energized throughout the day.

Give yourself something to look forward to everyday. Whether it’s an hour long massage in your favorite spa, or having a quick swim during your lunch break, find something which would make you feel better and break the stressful monotony of office work. Don’t be afraid to splurge on yourself once in a while. You deserve it. Just make sure you don’t spend ALL your money. Occasional shopping sprees are highly recommended. Consider it retail therapy.

When you’re sure that you’re going to leave your company, don’t slack off and keep your work performance high. True, you have no intentions of staying in that company for long, but also true—the accomplishments that you do in your present job can be added to your resume and can be used in your future interviews. Also, don’t pick fights with your officemates just because you no longer want to work with them. There’s a high chance that the ass that you’re kicking today would be the ass that you’re kissing a few years from now. Your colleagues could also become great contacts when it comes to future projects you may have. Remember, play nice children.

Remember to revamp your resume and update it before sending it out. Since you’re probably going to be swamped with work until the weekend, try to set goals per week. Update your resume this week, send them out the next. It’s that simple. Keeping yourself motivated is the key to moving forward.

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