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5 Ways to Thrive in a Career You Don’t Love

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What to do when you hate your job

They say if you love your job you will be successful. However, I don’t think this is the case. I don’t love my job. I don’t think many people truly love their jobs.  There are times where I wake up and wonder ‘do I really need to go to work?’ Not loving your job comes in varying degrees, from the occasional niggle, to full-on misery.

I very much love my actual craft, but not so much the varying aspects of work life. More often than not, the reason we are not head over heels for our job is less to do with the actual work itself, and more to do with the way we run our lives.

Here are five valuable tips that can help revamp your work life, providing a dose of rejuvenation and a fresh perspective:

1. Exercise and fueling your body

Think of your body as the most important car on the planet. It needs daily maintenance, as well as the correct fuel, to help it run to the best of its ability. The workplace can be a place ridden with stress and anxieties but keeping in good health can psychologically and physically alleviate these issues.

You don’t need to have a gym membership to get the endorphins flowing, simply take yourself for a walk or indulge in a team sport with a group of friends. Exercise not only keeps our bodies healthy, but our minds too. Studies suggest that just 20 minutes of exercise can elevate our mood for twelve hours and, it has the greatest effect on us when we are in a negative frame of mind. Science suggests that people who are active are happier and more satisfied with their lives.  

If you are exercising regularly, it is important to have the correct diet to run alongside your lifestyle. If you are feeling lethargic and lacking energy at work, chances are your diet needs a tweak. What we eat and how much water we drink has a direct impact on mood and concentration. Therefore, implementing healthy food choices can help you deal with colleagues and work-related stress in a mindful manner.

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” – John Adams

2. Strike the right balance

Even if you love your job, the minute home time comes around, cast it from your mind. This can be incredibly difficult and, of course, there are going to be times where you have to take work home. However, making a conscious choice to leave work at work and find the right work/life balance is key. If you constantly spend your free time working you will soon learn to resent it, making you very unhappy. It is important that you are not defined solely by your occupation.

Workaholics who cannot seem to switch -off have the tendency to neglect certain aspects of their life. When did you last see your friends? Does your spouse eat alone in the evenings? Have you done anything for you lately? Your schedule affects those around you and, after all, we work so that we can afford to do the things we enjoy!

3. Get outside

Those of us who work in offices, hospitals, warehouses and the like, often forget what nature looks like. We are often so tuned in to work, particularly with the advancement of the technological age, that we never get the chance to just be. Lack of natural light and poor ventilation can impact our health, so reach for appropriate footwear and head for the hills.

Whether you love the beach, or forests, reconnecting with nature allows us to relax and unwind. Scientists have suggested that time in nature lowers blood pressure, reduces pain, and strengthens the immune system. Furthermore, mental health charity mind advise that time in the great outdoors can be of great benefit to those with depression or anxiety; enhancing mood, boosting self-esteem, and reducing anger, tension, and confusion.

4. Spend time with colleagues

Work can often feel lonely. Those who work in offices tend to be confined to a desk, or plugged into their computer screens via headphones. Aside from the tea run, I often don’t talk to my colleagues for hours! Isolation can be a gut-wrenching feeling as humans are naturally social creatures.

Granted, colleagues can sometimes be the source of our exasperation, but connecting with them can also brighten your day. Taking time out of your day to ask about their weekend plans, or chatting over lunch can help work related stresses ebb away.

If you want to go one better, get the entire gang together on a bonding expedition. Depending on your preferences as a group, pop for drinks on a Friday evening, sign up for a charity marathon, or hold a quiz night. Getting to know your colleagues better and striking friendships can be a great comfort if work is getting you down.

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

5. Remind yourself of the bigger picture

Often workplaces ring with sighs of ‘at least we are getting paid’. Money quite often trumps true love for the job, but often we lose sight of what our earnings provide us with. Remembering why you go to work can be a source of motivation for some.

Are you saving for your first home? Paying for your children to go to a fantastic school? Or helping a family member who is in financial difficulty? If you ever find yourself miserable at work, remind yourself why you are there. The money you earn is for your hopes and dreams.

How have you been able to thrive in a career that you don’t love? Please leave your thoughts below!

Amber Longhurst works for Celebrity Speakers but is also a YouTuber who discusses confidence, motivation, and mental health issues via different online avenues. She is also a digital content editor and social media manager who loves to get involved with a variety of clients, particularly those who deal with topics close to her heart.

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Knowing Your Message vs Delivering Your Message

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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