“I hate my job.”
Sound like the story of your life? Do you have that dread when you wake up in the morning thinking, “Gosh, do I really have to do this all over again? And again? For the next 40 years?!”
You don’t love your work and that discontent starts to seep into other areas of your life. It’s that restlessness that stirs within you. But you really don’t know how to navigate and quell the stirring, do you? You just know that you want something more than this. So you reach for the easiest thing that will give you more. Immediately. And it usually comes in the sweet, salty or fried variety. And that’s fine every once in a while, but then that “more” often morphs into a full-fledged coping mechanism. And I don’t have to tell you that the more unhealthy foods you consume the more your waistline grows. Not the kind of “more” you had in mind right? Now you’re not only unhappy with your job but you’re also ticked because you can’t seem to get this health and fitness thing under control either. And so you restrict and eat all-the-things and then try and restrict some more and then throw a massive pity party. Let the self sabotage games begin.
Girl, I’ve totally been there.
To give you perspective – in my first job out of school I was pretty miserable. I worked about 80 hours a week (yeah, it’s possible), barely had time for friends and frankly and did not love the work I was doing. So I medicated with frozen yogurt, jars of almond butter and wine. Not really my most healthy diet. My discontent in my work life transferred quite fluidly into my health life. I knew I had to make a change.
I’m giving you permission to want to love your work. Don’t stop looking until you find something that you are passionate about, that lights you up every day. Get a career coach, do your research and get excited! I’ve found that sweet spot and it has positively affected every area of my life, including my health. Now, no job is going to be perfect – but it is possible to find something where you are thriving in your career.
So get after it. Get excited about your work again! Your health with thank you for it.
After escaping investment banking, Jena spent two years at the New York Stock Exchange, meeting with CEOs and reporting live from the Trading Floor. Now, she works in business development at NYC-based career startup The Muse. In her spare time she helps twenty-somethings answer the question, “What do I want to be now that I’m all grown up.” When she’s not hustling away, you can find her running along the Hudson River, hosting Scandal wine night or chit chatting about the rhythms & rhymes of Jesus’ heart.