So you hate your soul-sucking job (or career). Congratulations, you’re among the 70% of Americans who feel the same way about the way they make their money.
Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind that really gets you down. You have things to do, but they bore the hell out of you. Maybe you work for a real d-bag who constantly berates you or worse—hits on you. While flattering at times, it’s borderline creepy and definitely NSFW. Maybe your co-workers are complete nimrods who can’t hold a conversation or who are so hypocritical it makes your head spin.
Whatever the case may be, going to work is a chore for you. 5 minutes at your job feels like an eternity in hell. We’ve all been there at some point, unless you’re a Kardashian.
Unfortunately in the world that we live in, you need a job to get by. Unlike the people who claim to “get paid to post on Instagram,” a typical 9-5 is what keeps food on the table and alcohol in your system.
Fortunately, there are some coping mechanisms that can help you continue to earn a paycheck until you miraculously become famous on the internet one day (selling an e-book or making a sex tape, your choice).
1. Tolerance is key.
You might want to fight your co-worker in the parking lot, but you can’t do that because it will either get you fired or provide you with a criminal record, which could prevent you from doing A LOT of things. Find ways to channel your misery, like taking a kickboxing or yoga class after work, adopting a kitten, drinking in excess—ok, maybe not that last one. Use this as a way to funnel your pain into a better way of living. And remember that no matter where you work, you’re always going to have to tolerate the moronic tendencies of people you can’t stand.
2. Figure out your problem.
What exactly do you hate about your job? If it’s you boss or co-worker, what specifically do you hate about him/her? Considering all of the elements of what makes you miserable will help you avoid such problems in the future (like when you’re looking for a new job). Understanding exactly what it is that bothers you can also better equip you to recognize it and then ignore it and like, become a better person or whatever.
3. Share (or over-share).
Whether you talk to yourself after a bottle of wine (which we’re not suggesting, but if the shoe fits), find a therapist, or have a FaceTime session with your best friend, it’s important that you talk to someone. Keeping things bottled up on the inside is what gives people cancer.
4. Find a better job.
If your dream job is to be a writer, start freelancing your ass off. If you want to be a tattoo artist, start going shop to shop and inquiring about apprenticeships. It’s impossible to find your dream job by sitting on your ass. You need to take steps to get to where you want to be, so quit crying and start moving.
One day, it will get better—if you take the steps to make it happen.