So you woke up this morning and came to the conclusion that you hate your job. In fact, while you dragged yourself to work, you came to the realization that it’s the worst job you’ve ever had. Maybe it’s your boss, or maybe you simply don’t like your actual job responsibilities—but even so, unless you’re rolling in the dough or you don’t have any bills to pay, you need money and likely have to stay.
So how do you deal with the worst job you’ve ever had? Here are 5 steps to help you keep your job and your sanity.
1. Buy a Punching Bag
If you have space in your house or apartment, definitely invest in a punching bag. It will be a great way to unleash your frustration at the end of the day. As an added bonus, if you hate your boss, feel free to tape a picture of his or her face to the punching bag and go to town. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us.
2. Visit Your Local Gym
If you don’t already have one, get a membership at your local gym. Whether it’s lifting weights or running on the treadmill, exercise can be a great way to detox and rid yourself of all the extra tension and angst built up during the day. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals known as endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in your body. The production of endorphins also helps combat depression.
3. Go Out For Happy Hour
Nothing takes your mind off from your crappy job like half-priced drinks and impaired judgement. Go out with your co-workers or friends and just forget your problems for a little while.
4. Imagine Your Boss’s Demise
Assuming you don’t like your boss, envision his or her demise. Whether it’s strapping them onto a missile and shooting them into the sun, or DESTROYING them in a game of ping pong, the point is, have fun with it. As long as you do not act on your impulses (except destroying them in ping pong that would be awesome), such daydreaming might put your mind at ease and release some stress and anger. It might seem unorthodox, but let’s be real, we’ve all imagined our boss’s demise at one point or another.
5. Plan Ahead
It sounds cliché, but it’s necessary—all of the previous steps will only help you temporarily cope with the stress and anxiety of a job you hate, so it’s imperative that you plan for the future. No one wants to work forever at a job they hate. It’s crucial that you dust off your resume and begin applying to new jobs. The sooner you start, the better it will be for your overall health.