You open the doors to your workplace and immediately that familiar feeling washes over you. The feeling of resentment. Your body tenses up and you catch yourself thinking you’d rather be anywhere but here. And yet here you are – working the same old job day in and day out. Your body is present, but your mind is not. You have checked out, so to speak. You’re not happy, and it shows. Maybe you have dark circles under your tired eyes; maybe you’re gaining weight from stress eating. The unhappiness tied to your job spills into your general life, and you find yourself increasingly unhealthy, smoking more, sleeping less, laughing less, worrying more. But why do you stay, when every single cell in your body screams with frustration at your work? When you absolutely hate your job? Here are 5 reasons you’re not quitting the job you hate (and why you should).
1. You believe you don’t deserve any better.
If you’re staying at a job you dislike – a job you might even be misthriving at – you really need to ask yourself the big WHY. Why do you let yourself stay in an unhealthy situation? Regardless of how others might feel about your job – if it’s objectively “good/cool/prestigious” – all that truly matters is your health and happiness. Unhappiness is a direct cause of a whole host of illnesses, diseases and symptoms. No job is worth your happiness. No job is worth your health. Why don’t you deserve to be happy and healthy?
2. Lack of trust in yourself.
You might be staying at a job you hate, because you lack trust in yourself and your abilities. Maybe you feel like you won’t be able to make the life for yourself you really dream of, and so it’s somewhat easier to stay at your current job, even if it’s making you miserable. Imagine this: How would you live life differently, if you were someone who had the uttermost trust in yourself? If you knew you were fully capable of succeeding; of having a great job you both loved and were ace at? Trust is all about your mindset and maybe it’s time you trust yourself?
3. Lack of trust in the universe/life/God.
Just as a lack of trust in yourself can hold you back from leaving a job you hate, a lack of trust in the universe can too! Maybe it sounds a little grandiose, but not trusting the universe (or simply life) can really be of hindrance to leading the greatest version of your life. If you feel like life is not going to be supportive of you and that you’ll always get the short end of the stick, then you’re making it very difficult for yourself to leave the job you hate. Instead, trust that the universe has your back, that life loves you and wants to support you. Trust that everyone on this earth benefits from you being happy and everyone is losing when you’re not.
4. You have resigned yourself to not being happy.
Have you given up? Have the above factors resulted in you simply throwing in the towel and giving up on yourself? If you have tuned out the inner voice telling you to get the hell out of that place for years, then it’s likely your inner voice has diminished into a silent whisper; maybe even so quiet you can’t hear it anymore. Instead that inner voice and gut feeling will try to get your attention in different ways: You might be losing sleep, hair, hope. But, hang on. You deserve to be happy! You really, really do! Don’t give up on yourself. Have you ever met a bitter “old” woman/man? They most likely have given up on themselves somewhere along the way. Please don’t resign yourself to being miserable. The world needs your light.
5. You are not treating yourself with kindness.
Ask yourself: If you had a beloved child whom you had raised with the uttermost love and kindness – would you want for them to be in your situation? What would you tell them, if they were? You deserve to be kind towards yourself. You deserve to treat yourself like a loving parent. Life doesn’t have to be a battle; it doesn’t have to be so tough. When you stay at a job you hate, your entire being is fighting a bloody battle on so many levels. Is that showing kindness towards yourself? If you can treat yourself with compassion and kindness, you’ll have so much more to give the world – and you’ll be healthier – and not least happier.
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