What to Do When You Hate Your Job

Working is an essential part of our lives for most of us. It’s how we put food on the table, a roof over our heads, and money in our pockets. For some, it is a life of living paycheck to paycheck, myself included. We have touched on the subject of jobs before in some aspect with Combating Social Anxiety in the Customer Service Industry, When to take a “Mental Health Day”, and Making a 9-5 Work for You, and how they affect mental health. However, what if you really, really dislike your job, so much so that it is constantly weighing on your mental health. It’s not like the bills will wait for you to find a job that makes you happy, what are you to do? Well, there are a few things that you can do to alleviate the stress of working somewhere that you despise. Most are not easy, and will most certainly take a lot of work, but in the long run you’ll probably be happier.


I myself have been unhappy with my current employment for quite some time now. Going in, punching numbers into a spreadsheet, it just became torturous after a while. To make matters worse, I get paid a terribly low salary, and can barely make ends meet every month. Now I imagine you’re wondering, what makes me so different from everyone else out there living paycheck to paycheck? Well, the easy answer is that I still live at home, don’t pay my own phone or insurance bills, and actually have very little of my own expenses. Now before you angrily smash your fingers into your keyboards yelling how great I have it that I don’t have to pay all my own bills, let me explain. For me, being independent is a very important thing. I would much rather be paying all my own bills and barely making it work, than only being able to afford a few and still not making it work. The fact that I have some things taken care of for me, is incredibly painful. At my age I should be living by myself, living paycheck to paycheck, but still getting everything I need paid for. As it stands now, I couldn’t even afford rent anywhere in the near vicinity as it would exceed my total monthly income, not even considering all the other bills I would have to pay.


So, needless to say, I have been on the job hunt for some time, to find a better paying job. Which I feel like we always are looking for the next bigger and better thing. However, my mental health has been standing in the way of that for me. I have been saying for months now that I would sit down one weekend and get my resume updated, and have never done it. I know you’re all probably saying , “ But Alan, that’s the easiest part!” and I would completely agree with you if it were not for the fact that I have been focusing on staying alive for the past few months. Now that I’m on medication, and doing better mentally, I feel like I might be finally able to tackle this first step. I say might, because I am infamous for procrastination.

“Why do today, what you can put off until tomorrow” – Abraham Lincoln

While he didn’t actually say that, it was a poster in one of my classrooms years ago that stuck with me. It’s funny how small things like that stay with someone. But I digress, I am getting off track.


If you hate your job, and I rarely use hate due to the severity of the word, you really only have two options. Attempt to improve your current work environment to where it is bearable, or find a new job. I may have over simplified things drastically, but without all the other bull that’s what it boils down to. I unfortunately do not know your situations, so I cannot in good conscious recommend one option over the other, but I do know what is the right answer for me. I need a new job, pronto. So many obstacles stand in my way, the first being a resume, second is not having a college degree, and third is complacency. I say complacency because if I let myself fall back into the comfort of having a job, albeit a bad one, I won’t be putting as much effort into searching as I should. So today, after I finish writing this article, I think I will at least get my old resume up and dust it off a bit, and maybe even get something done. Who knows! Whatever the end result is, if you’re not happy with your current job, something needs to change. Eventually this disdain that you feel towards your job will eventually become a smoldering putrid contempt, and will most definitely impact your mental health. So do whatever it is you need to do that will improve your life, and ultimately make your mental illness more manageable.


Best of Luck,


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