Your alarm goes off and before you know it you roll over and hit snooze. For a blissful few seconds you don’t think about what lies ahead for the day, you’re in that euphoric daze. But then you realise you have to go to work and you come crashing back down to reality.
It’s a feeling we know too well, the dread that comes with having to go to work when you hate your job. It feels like there’s no end to it and you struggle to get through each day. It eats the happiness out of your days and you know this can’t be all there is.
So how do you cope when you hate your job?
Whether you’re waiting for something better to come along, or you’re working towards a goal (like starting your own business or saving up to travel), there are times when you just have to keep going to a job you hate. But it’s okay. You can get through it.
Firstly, you need to determine if it is actually your job you hate, or something else in your life that’s manifesting in hatred for your job.
5 Signs You Hate Your Job
You may find you have all or none of these signs, this isn’t an exhaustive list. This is a list of some of the most common signs of people who hate their jobs and how it affects their day to day lives.
1 – You Have Monday-itis, Every Single Work Day
You know that feeling when Monday comes around and you joke that you need to swim in coffee before you start your day? If you’re feeling like that every single workday, then perhaps it’s more than simply trying to get back into the swing of things after your days off.
Ask yourself why you’re feeling like this? Pay attention to what it is that is making you feel dread and exhaustion when it comes to going to work. Is it work itself? Are you simply exhausted? Or are you genuinely dreading your job?
2 – You Find Any Excuse to Take A Sick Day
If you need to take a sick day from work in order to just realign your zen, I totally get that. Sometimes mental exhaustion is worse than physical exhaustion and we need to look after our mental health just as much as our physical health.
But, are you finding any excuse to take a sick day? Even if it means you’re losing pay because of it?
Got the sniffles and blown your nose a few times? Sick day. Coughed once? Sick day. Feel a headache starting? Sick day.
Have a think about your usual pattern when you take time off work and ask yourself if this is normal for you? Or are you avoiding work?
3 – You Feel Physically Sick at the Thought Of Going To Work
There is a belief that your gut is like your second brain, it is full of nerves that send information to our brain and our gut and brain have this big chat without us even knowing… and then we feel sick. But why?
When we are facing something we don’t want to do, or that makes us nervous, or that we fear, we trigger the release of cortisol in our ‘fight or flight’ response. You may not even realise you’re doing it. But your body is pretty smart.
Your brain registers that there’s a cortisol release and it gets to work. For some people, the hormone cortisol can make them feel physically sick and even vomit. For others, it may cause shakes, nervous behaviour or make their heart race.
With your gut being super sensitive, a lot of people experience gut related issues when powerful hormones are triggered. In addition, when cortisol is released, it tells the body to shut down unnecessary functions, and the digestion of food is one of them. So, the body may try and get rid of the food you’ve just eaten in another way cue feeling sick.
4 – You Don’t Feel Challenged In Your Job And You Find Your Job Boring
When you find your job boring, it can be difficult to get yourself motivated to keep going back. Perhaps you’ve reached the end of your tether in this job and that’s why you’re feeling bored?
Or maybe you’ve mentally checked out and just couldn’t be bothered anymore?
If you once loved your job and were excited by the challenges you faced, ask yourself if this is no longer a challenge, are you bored, or do you simply not care anymore?
5 – All You Seem to Do is Complain About Work
The words we use are powerful and when we are feeling low and hating our jobs, then the words we use reflect this.
When you talk about work with others, what kind of words are you using to describe it?
When you’re at work and talking to your colleagues, what words are you using in your conversations?
Often it can be easy to slip into a negative spiral when everyone around you is talking in a negative way. If everyone you work with talks negatively about work, and all conversations at work are of a negative nature, then that can spill out into how you speak about work too.
Ask yourself, do you actually feel this way about work? Or is it simply because every conversation at work is negative?
So, if you’ve determined it really is your job you hate, then you need to work on how you can deal with hating your job, and how you can cope with the situation.
Source: Project Hotmess