15 • Ways To Stay Sane At Your Soul – Sucking Job

15 • Ways To Stay Sane At Your Soul - Sucking Job

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15 • Ways To Stay Sane At Your Soul - Sucking Job

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Work will always be hard when you’re not doing something you love.

You’ll be distracted from your dreams and tired of working towards something so far from your goals. Our jobs occupy such a large part of our lives. We’re usually torn between doing what we love – and doing what we have to in order to pay our bills.

“Have the right mentality. If you wake up every day complaining about work and the misery that it brings, you’re going to have a miserable day.”

The sad truth is that many of us – especially in our 20’s – take on tedious jobs with little reward, little benefit to our career goals, and less than impressive pay.

Yet – we do it because we have to.

In this economy, no job should be complained about. You will never believe how many people there are – aching to take your place, but here are 15 ways to stay sane at your not-so-glamorous job!

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1. Make A Fun Morning Routine

Waking up early for work is one the hardest parts of any job. Plan a fun morning routine to help get yourself out of bed and ready for the day. Prepare a different breakfast. Spend time with your family. Go for a jog, or simply have a cup of tea from your favourite mug.

This will require you to wake up earlier but your mindset for the day will be worth it.

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2. Bring The Comfort Of Home To Work

It’s not fun leaving the house and spending a day away from the things and the people that you love – so bring the comfort of home to work!

Keep your favourite chocolate bar in your desk. Decorate your space with pictures of loved ones, or just pictures that make you smile. Being at work doesn’t mean you’re banned from your life – or any sense of happiness.

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3. Make A Work Friend

Office relationships are a topic of their own –
but making a casual ‘office friend’ will be a savor.

This doesn’t mean you have to get drunk on the weekends or call each other late at night when you’re at your worst. It means having someone who can make you laugh when you pass them in the hallway or someone who will listen when your boss leaves you frustrated.

They will understand your work life more than anyone else.

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4. Don’t Release Your Anger At Work

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do – we all get worked up and angry, and say things we don’t mean. If you feel a sense of frustration or rage coming on, don’t take it out on coworkers, customers, or worse – your boss! Pull your work friend aside to vent, or take a minute to yourself to breathe. Return when things are calm and your thoughts can be conveyed in a proper way.

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5. Make Use Of Your Lunch Break

Lunch is so important for reasons beyond nutrition. Your mind has to step away from what you’re doing in order to do your best work throughout the afternoon. If the weather’s nice, go explore the area. Find a creak or a park to decompress at. Create a walking track around your building, work on homework, or pay your bills. Do anything productive that will allow you freedom once you’re home.

Some people have guilt when taking their lunch break. Regardless if your boss is watching, or you know you have work to do – take your legally permitted break!

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6. Make Use Of Evenings & Weekends

Unfortunately, with a 9-5 job – you really do live evenings and weekends.

Fit as much as you can into these hours and days. You can really get a lot done when you’re productive with your time. Go away on the weekends, arrange dinner with friends on weekdays, and keep your days planned with new and exciting things. Keeping ‘to-do’ lists will help you to get things done but furthermore, seeing things checked off can give you a stronger sense of productivity.

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7. If Allowed – Roam The Internet

Within Reason. A lot of companies have their own rules on using the Internet and cellphones. Make sure to go over those before following this! Bosses know it’s human nature to stumble online once in awhile. Do a little checkup on Facebook, read the news, or find a blog to keep up with. Only use trusted websites as the worst thing you could do is get a virus on your work computer.

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8. Find Your Source Of Relaxation

Whether it’s 5 minutes with your eyes closed, a simple meditation technique, a quick knit, or a stress ball in your desk drawer – find a go-to fix for when things get overwhelming. Even make a 15-minute call to a loved one or rush to the coffee/espresso machine.

Don’t turn to smoking as a “quick fix.” Take a health break – not a smoke break!

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9. Have A Hobby

Note: Your hobby should have nothing to do with your job. The stress of life can actually push a lot of people to drink and explore other bad habits. This can be out of the boredom of routine or simply frustration. Don’t let this become you. Find a healthy habit or hobby that can allow your mind to relax and unwind after work.

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10. Go With It – Not Against It

If you don’t like your job – make it your second job to find a new one.

It will be hard work, but that will determine how badly you want change. It’s not fair to your boss or coworkers to have to listen to you complain every day, and the quality of work will be far from your best. If your job is truly sucking the life out of you – remain pleasant and go find a new one.

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11. Save Up For Something Fun

Don’t just let your hard-earned paychecks go to bills and groceries.

Create a savings account and start saving up for something special. Decide on an amount to take from each paycheck (if possible) and use it for something exciting. i.e. a car, vacation, or even a new home! That will act as enticement and help you feel like it’s all a little more worth it.

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12. Become A Temp Worker

Some people can’t handle the routine of a 9-5 office job, but they do enjoy working in an office. Find out how to become a ‘temporary worker’ on your own, or go through an agency. This option comes with less job security – but for some – the idea of switching jobs every few weeks is exciting. It lets you change the scenario, the people, and the day-to-day tasks.

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13. Take Advantage Of Your Commute

Everyone has a different commute to work. There’s the train, bus, subway, streetcar, car, etc. Learn to use it wisely! If you’re on a train, do homework or writing. If you’re in the car, play an E-Book you’ve been too busy to read. When the weather’s nice, walk or ride your bike, if possible.

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14. Appreciate What You Have

Office jobs can be dull and boring, but in this economy, you should be ever so grateful to have a job. There are people without jobs, without the ability to get a job, without the criteria to get a job or have a far more tedious job than you.

Be thankful to have one!

Have the right mentality. If you wake up every day complaining about work and the misery that it brings, you’re going to have a miserable day.

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15. Go To Bed At A Reasonable Time

If you have a 9 to 5 job, you’re not in the best position to pull “all-nighters” anymore. If anything, your internal clock will become used to waking up at 6:30 – 7 every day (even weekends). Set an appropriate bed time. You can’t give your best at work while running off 4 hours of sleep.

Wake up with your alarm!

Studies have said that hitting snooze will actually make you MORE tired.

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