Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Inner peace and work life.

It seems to be an accepted fact that work is a necessary evil, and you aren't really going to enjoy it unless you're one of the 'lucky ones'. Our culture depicts work through movies and such as being hilariously miserable. Protagonists are overworked, underappreciated, and made the victims of underhanded corporate cheating. Hand in hand with this worklife struggle comes the 'fact' that you'll deal with headaches, malaise, ulcers, what have you.

This doesn't have to be true.

I think the problem is that because we are willing to suffer, employers and cooworkers can just suck at will, because it's just dealt with. It's simple supply and demand. This may seem trite or unattainable, but you have to realize that it's not healthy to hate your job, and you need to make steps toward change. I'm not saying to up and quit, but heck, if you really need to leave, then start looking for another job! The job  market is still gimpy but if you have skills and confidence and really try, you can find something. I myself am in that positon, things have gotten miserable and hairy at my place and I'm looking to leave. My life is changig anyway, what with me starting school soon, so I need something that suits me. I don't think that it's worth it to be miserable getting up every weekday morning. Studies have proven that negativity can take years off of your life. A study done last year I believe basically stated that any form of negative thinking, i.e. worry, stress, anxiety, depression, pessimism...you get the idea, caused negative effects on the heart and brain. It's hard to find that specific one, but a similar study is here.

 While it's really easy to be cynical about this sort of thing, I think it's very worthwhile to find yourself a position that you don't absolutely hate, at least. Nothing in your life is more important than you.  Your family, your loved ones, your friends, they can't have you if you don't take care of yourself. It's never too late to start. Aaaand here's a puppy because everyone likes them. It's my dog Ramm when he was wee!

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