Five Things You Can Do When You Feel Stuck In A Job You Hate
Do you struggle with loving your current job? Don’t worry. You are not alone.
If the grass looks greener on the other side…
Start watering the grass you’re standing on.
Once I was like a rabbit, hopping from one green grass to another looking for what I think could give me better carrots. Ultimately I realized I was getting nowhere. I had to stop and stay somewhere until I am ready for my ultimate jump.
Right now, I feel stuck in a job taking calls. My introverted self is not comfortable with it. However, my perspective towards this job has changed somehow. Don’t get me wrong. I am still pursuing a different career path, the one I have always wanted, and I am working towards achieving it. I am not settling here. I am just watering the grass I am standing on.
Life has a way of giving us detours in our journey, but it is with these detours where we can grow and nourish as a person. Like me, you may not like the current job you have. There are ways, however, to turn it around and work it to your advantage.
Many people have lost their jobs during the pandemic, and I felt fortunate I still have one. It may not be the job I want, but it is something I need at the moment. I have learned to be grateful for it. Learn to appreciate where you are and what it can offer no matter how hard it is. I am thankful not only because this job helped me financially, but it has also helped me become more confident in dealing with people and how to communicate better. As Jim Rohn said, learn to be thankful for what you already have while you pursue all that you want.
Spend time with colleagues outside work
I have met a lot of wonderful people in my previous jobs. Many of them have been good friends until now. Take some time to mingle with your co-workers outside work. Go on a happy hour on Friday nights or have dinner after work. Being able to talk to other people who can understand the pressures of your work will help release the stress off.
Be your best self
When I first started working, my mom would always tell me to be the best version of myself no matter which company I worked for. Always put your best foot forward. Be open-minded to the things you can learn from your current job. Learn the ropes and acquire all new information. Even if this is not what you want right now, the skills you acquire will be beneficial to your career growth.
Take care of yourself
Self-care is very important. Always keep your health in check, both physically and mentally. Spend a little time doing exercise. Eat well. Meditate. Take a nature walk. Listen to music. When I get so stressed out, I do coloring or drive around with the windows open (except during winter of course). Since I work from home, I use my breaks for some cuddles and tickles with my little boy. Do anything to de-stress yourself.
Pray and have faith
I may not be a devout Catholic, but I am faithful to God who has guided me to where I am and where I am going. No matter what religion or belief you have, prayer is the channel to your inner self. It is through prayer and faith that you become stronger and motivated to reach your dream. Have faith in yourself and what you can achieve.
Pastor Joel Osteen once said, “bloom where you are planted, but never lose sight of your goal”. These life challenges and little detours are there to challenge you. If you feel stuck, don’t be discouraged. Just keep pressing forward. Do not settle where you are. While you are waiting, be the best version of yourself and keep on watering.