Help! I HATE my job!
Are you feeling stuck and unsatisfied in your current career? Did you spend time and money preparing for your dream career, finally get qualified, and realize the job actually sucks? You spend the majority of your day working, and if that chunk of your day does not make you happy, the consequences can be serious.
When we feel stuck in a job where we don’t feel appreciated and valued, or we just lack the enthusiasm we once had, it is bound to get us down. We can experience several negative emotions, but anger, frustration, negativity, anxiety, lack of enthusiasm, and boredom are just a few.
All of these emotions have enough of a toll on us, but if you are trying to hide these emotions at work or from your loved ones, they have the potential to do some serious damage. Even if you find a co-worker to talk about how your job “sucks”, your emotions don’t turn off as soon as you walk out of your work space.
Eventually, not only you, but the people you are close to will also experience consequences from your unhappiness at work.
If you are trying to hide how much you dislike your job from a loved one, it will have negative consequences. You might withdraw because your unhappiness and worry is consuming you and you don’t want to worry anyone else. Conversely, if you are unloading the minute you walk into the house, you are bringing that toxic environment and the tensions that go with it, into your home.
There may seem like there is no escape from the looming unhappiness. Maybe you find yourself getting high every night to help you avoid those uncomfortable emotions you are dealing with.
None of these scenarios will solve your problems. They are all unhealthy, but very common, ways to deal with job dissatisfaction.
Hating your job can have physical consequences as well. Digestive issues, loss of sleep, fatigue, and physical aches and pains are all real symptoms of job dissatisfaction. Some people also notice a lack of concentration, enthusiasm, and focus as well. Taking more frequent sick days to try to feel better physically is very common. This avoidance tactic is a temporary fix.
As mentioned above, conversations about your unsatisfactory job are inevitable, because let’s face it, it is eating you up. Unfortunately, the ones you turn to may not be qualified to help you deal with your emotional and physical symptoms.
You may also withdraw from social situations because you don’t want to “bring everyone down”. You don’t want to be a burden on others and think you will eventually “snap out of it” or feel you can deal with your problems on your own. This self-imposed isolation can lead to common health issues such as depression and anxiety.
When to get help.
Studies show that mild depression and anxiety is easier to deal with than severe cases. Not only that, relapses are less frequent with early treatment. The sooner you take steps and call a professional, the sooner you will start feeling better. Even if you are really down, there is hope.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is very effective in dealing with both depression and anxiety and clients, especially with milder symptoms, can feel much better with a few sessions. Many companies have plans that cover counselling and services are 100% confidential.
If this sounds familiar, I can help. You can either email me directly for an appointment or book online. Remember the hardest part is making the decision to reach out.