Ugh. It’s 6:30 a.m. and now you have to spend the next several hours at an office you detest performing a job that you abhor. If you resent your employer and your occupation, then it’s certainly a signal that you loathe your job, and it’s time to seek out different employment opportunities, or be content right now.
In 2013, Gallup’s State of the American Workplace found that 70 percent of United States workers hate their jobs or are entirely disengaged from their position. What was highlighted the most from the report was the fact that not even perks, such as free lunches or ping pong tables, could diminish an employee’s loathing of the job.
The study did find what could be the solution to this disdain is to offer flex time. The poll reported that those with flex time were a lot happier than those workers who received perks.
In today’s economy, it can be very difficult for the average employee to submit their two-week notice and letter of resignation. Because the labor market is still shaky, your human capital may have diminished after all of these years and the dependability of a weekly (or bi-weekly) paycheck has been quite welcoming.
With that being said, life is short so why should you spend every waking moment just thinking about how much you abhor your career choice? Instead of engulfing your life with hate, employ some measures that can make the experience just a little bit better. When you start your day, incorporate these eight tips, and you can reduce the stress, anxiety and negative energy that comes with working at a job you hate.
Indeed, yoga has become the latest exercise fad for yuppies in the last few years, but it should be noted that this form of stretching, breathing and meditation has been around for thousands of years. By doing around 10 minutes of stretches and breathing exercises when you wake up, you can start the day off with positive energy that can stretch out through the entire day.
What’s the perfect life for you? Do you yearn to be a fictional writer who lives and breathes his typewriter, a cup of coffee and a smoking pipe? Do you want to be an avid traveler who goes on amazing adventures and bumps into spectacular people? Each morning, daydream for a few minutes and allow your imagination to run wild. It permits you to escape from the monotony of the concrete jungle.
Studies have shown that we do our best writing in the morning as soon as we wake up. So, spend a few minutes writing, no matter what it is. You can write a diary, jot down your previous evening’s dreams, pen some flash fiction or scribe a letter. Whatever it is, just write.
4. Job Ads
If you hate your job so much then common sense dictates that you should look for a new one. This isn’t a marvel idea so peruse Craig’s List, Workopolis or Monster and find employment opportunities in your field (or an entirely different sector). Or, you can browse through local schools and determine if you should upgrade your skills or learn something new.
If there’s one thing lacking in today’s environment is the fact that we do not show our gratitude for everything we have in our life. Sure, you have a terrible job, but at least you have one, and you’re collecting a paycheck that helps you live a life that is better than someone living in Togo, Ukraine or Uzbekistan. Think about how much gratitude you have, and you’ll feel somewhat better.
6. Plan for the Future
What do you wish to accomplish in the next five to 10 years? For a couple of minutes, mull over what you want to achieve over the next year or decade. Studies have also proven that we get more excitement and happiness when we plan for the future instead of actually performing the deed. For instance, planning for a trip can assuage our displeasure in life instead of actually going on a trip.
7. Plan for the Day
Or, you can simply just plan for the rest of the day. What do you want to eat for lunch? How much work do you have to complete today? Do you have any plans for the evening? A rudimentary look ahead by a few hours can assist you in having something to look forward to in the near-term during your eight-hour shift.
8. Drink Water, Eat Fruit
Finally, start your day off right by drinking water and eating some fruit. We all crave our extra-large latte and peanut butter cookie at 8 a.m., but the healthier alternative is a bottle of water and an apple, banana or handful of grapes. These items provide the necessary energy to help get through your day. In addition, this can improve productivity levels and enhance the quality of the work.
All of us have experienced at least one job in our lives that we have loathed, but the main thing is to remedy this unhappiness. Whether it’s doing something you enjoy before or after work, finding meaning in your position or looking for another gig, we can’t live through life being sad or hate-filled. Finding a solution will impact your life immensely.