The topic of this article seems glum considering it is posted on the 1st of the year. Yet, it also seems relevant as we often use the first of the year to make positive changes in our lives.
Our jobs play a considerable role in our overall happiness. Hating a job affects all areas of your life.
If your job is making you depressed, you CAN make specific changes in your life to improve your work life or leave the job world behind permanently.
I will share what I’ve done to end the anxiety and depression that comes with a job you dislike. Stick around to the end. It may be the answer you’re looking for. It was for me!
The Many Times I was Stuck in a Job and Depressed
I’ve had many jobs that I’ve loathed. Some didn’t start out bad, but eventually, I began to feel anxious and depressed with what I was doing.
Most of those jobs were cubicle jobs. At the time, I was happy to get those jobs. They paid better than minimum wage and I felt like I was in a good career field.
Yet, over time the work became drudgery. I was a web developer and each day felt the same. I’d sit in my cube, make web edits, design various graphics, attend meetings, and so on.
It got to the point with my first web job that I would feel physically ill when I stepped through the front doors of the building.
I was so stressed out that I resigned without a new job to fall back on. Working in a cubicle environment drains your life. Working in a job you hate does the same.
My second web job was slightly better but it too became pure drudgery. There were no hard deadlines but the clients were difficult.
Each day felt like the last. I have never been a morning person. The sound of my alarm clock brought on sadness for the day.
Every morning on the drive to work, I’d question what I was doing. Why was I doing this job? I could be doing something else. I wanted to be free of it.
I’d sit in my cube and daydream about being outside enjoying life. I’d come up with business ideas to work my way out of the job.
It wasn’t bad enough to make me look for work elsewhere. I just wanted to work for myself. Then, I was laid off and I panicked.
Why Being Laid Off Was One of the Best Things to Happen to Me
If you’ve ever been laid off then you know exactly what I mean when I say I panicked. Where is my next paycheck going to come from?
How will I make ends meet? I won’t rehash everything I went through. You can read all about my layoff here if you want.
What I want to explain is why being laid off was the best thing to happen to me. It forced me to look at making money differently.
I learned how to hustle! I realized that I could make money when I really had to. I used my web skills doing freelance work, I sought out work on freelance websites like Fiverr, I even started to sell items on eBay.
Somehow, I was making a living without a job. Don’t get me wrong, it was stressful and I still needed to find work. However, I knew without a doubt, that I did not want to go back to sitting in a cubicle.
I decided that I no longer wanted to work for anyone else. I asked myself what my passion was. The answer was: affiliate marketing and making a living online.
I have always dabbled in affiliate marketing and I do make some money online. I knew in order to take it to the next level, I had to educate myself.
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So I chose to apply for a job that was totally opposite of web developing but one I knew would offer a pleasant environment while I worked on my online business.
My current job doesn’t pay nearly as much as my web jobs but I don’t care. Do you know why? It is because I’M HAPPY.
I don’t come home stressed about work. Each day is different. I am not sitting all day (in fact, I’ve lost weight!), and I rarely have to work early so I get to sleep in!
Most of all, I enjoy the job and my co-workers because I know I will eventually transition into working full-time on my online business.
You can achieve job happiness too!
Change the Way You Look at Things
There is a quote by Wayne Dyer that I always think of whenever I feel negativity setting in:
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. — Wayne Dyer
Sometimes you have to look at things from a different perspective. Some people would consider the job I have now as “dead end” or “low paying.”
I look at it as my last job as I transition into lifestyle freedom. Even if you’re in a job you dislike, you always have options.
You can start applying for other jobs that you feel would be a better fit. You can stay at your current job and work your way out of a 9 to 5 altogether following this training.
If you feel trapped in your job, change how you look at it. Find something to be grateful for. For example, you have income coming in and that is a good thing.
Write down the things that are making you feel trapped. Can you change them in a positive way? If so, take steps to make those changes.
I know having a lot of consumer debt made me feel trapped. When I was laid off from my previous job, I still had a lot of debt to deal with.
Thankfully, my family is super supportive and helped me to eliminate my debt. It is smart to begin eliminating debt while you are working.
One book that changed the way I looked at money, jobs, business, and personal finance was Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
The key is to understand that you have choices that you can make. Sometimes they start one small step at a time but eventually, you can get to where you want to be.
Transition Out of Job and Into Your Own Online Business
I have always had a desire to work for myself. Working for yourself can seem like a fantasy when you have been conditioned to work for someone else your whole life.
It is not a fantasy to me. It is my ultimate goal and I work towards it every single day, even while holding down a full-time job.
I’ve worked for other people for years and I’m sure you have to. I’m done making someone else rich. I’m working towards lifestyle freedom for myself and my family.
I made the choice to work harder for myself to reap the benefits of having more time and more money to spend with the ones I love.
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Happiness Begins with You!
Even with our daily stresses, true happiness does begin on the inside. I had to learn that by looking at things differently and practicing gratefulness on a daily basis.
Being grateful has done wonders in my overall attitude. It is not easy at first, but the more you practice it, the easier it gets.
Working on my online business is not only fun, it brings me hope and I have an unstoppable drive to reach my goal of working for myself on a full-time basis.
I hope that my story has given you some ideas or maybe even some motivation to make positive changes in your life.