Advertising
Advertising

Don’t like your job? Here are some solutions.

Don’t like your job? Here are some solutions.

Don’t like your job? Here are some possible solutions that could help you find more satisfaction and fulfillment in your work days.

1. Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed at work, with little control over your work duties? Start by decreasing your stress outside of work.

If you feel overwhelmed with your job and there’s not an easy, quick solution to decreasing your stress at work, start working on decreasing your stress outside of work. Start making the daily tasks in your personal life more efficient, so you can spend more time doing things you really enjoy.

Get rid of the unimportant, time-sucking activities that aren’t adding value to your life. Use the time you save to do something that brings you joy. Set goals in your personal life and design a very fulfilling personal life.

Advertising

2. Feeling like you’re not making a difference? Discover your natural strengths and passions.

The book Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath can help you discover your strengths. Learn about your strengths and seek ways in your current job to maximize these strengths. When you capitalize on your innate strengths, you can make a big impact.

If you’re working in a career field that doesn’t align with your innate strengths, create ways in your job to use your strengths. If you are an achiever, volunteer to lead a new project or initiative. If positivity is one of your core strengths, spread that positive outlook around!

Along with developing a strong understanding of your strengths, it’s helpful to discover your passions. If you’re not sure what you’re passionate about, check out this free workbook to help you find your passion. When you can do work you absolutely love, your career becomes much more fulfilling and Monday mornings can actually be awesome.

Advertising

3. Struggling to find meaning in your career? Seek connection.

If your work feels meaningless, create meaning in your work by finding ways to feel connected. Connect with your coworkers. Connect with a cause your employer donates to. Connect with your clients.

When you create connection, it can increase your sense of purpose for your career. Connection also makes life much more fulfilling. Create ways to connect with people in your work environment, so your job becomes more to you than just a paycheck.

4. Exhausting work hours? Be open to creative solutions.

If your work hours are exhausting and you want to change that, there are a variety of potential solutions. Could you possibly work from home some days and decrease the constant flow of interruptions that tire you out? Will your boss allow you to work 4 day weeks instead of 5, so you could decrease your time spent commuting? Are you willing to decrease luxuries in your personal life to be able to decrease your hours at work and accept a salary cut?

Advertising

Being flexible and open to creative solutions can help you find a solution to your exhausting work hours.

5. Want to make a different impact on the world than your work allows you to do? Create an exit plan.

If you want to make a different impact on the world than your work allows you to do, remember that you can make someone’s day every day and you can spend each day brightening other people’s lives. Go to work each day with the goal of making someone’s day. Create purpose and impact in your current career.

This above strategies can definitely help you make an impact and make your work life more tolerable and ultimately, but if you are feeling a tugging in your heart to make a different impact on the world than your work allows you to do, start creating your exit plan.

Advertising

Determine what actions you’ll need to take to transition into a career you love and start taking those steps. Life is too short to spend your years feeling stifled in a job that doesn’t light you up.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle / www.unsplash.com via hd.unsplash.com

More by this author

Dr. Kerry Petsinger

Entrepreneur, Mindset & Performance Coach, & Doctor of Physical Therapy

Feeling Stuck in Life? How to Never Get Stuck Again How to Find the Purpose of Life and Start Living a Fulfilling Life Don’t like your job? Here are some solutions. How People Make Decisions That Are Bad For Them How to Have a Successful Career and a Fulfilling Personal Life

Trending in Mental Strength

1 Can You Stop Depression from Damaging Your Brain? 2 How to Practice Mindful Meditation to Calm Your Thoughts 3 10 Personal Development Goals for Success and Happiness 4 10 Things You Can Do Now to Change Your Life Forever 5 How to Be Happy Again: 13 Simple Ways to Shake off Sadness Now

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on May 16, 2019

Can You Stop Depression from Damaging Your Brain?

Can You Stop Depression from Damaging Your Brain?

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in America, according to the latest mental health statistics.[1] Approximately 17.3 million adults have had at least one major depressive episode.

In this article, we will take a deep look into depression, what a depression brain is like, and how to prevent the damage from depression.

What is Depression?

In order to tap into treatment options for depression, we must first examine what defines this disorder.

Apart from differing scientific and medical jargon, depression – also known as Major Depressive Disorder – is best categorized as a serious mood disorder.

While it is common, it is anything but innocent. The symptoms of depression have serious effects on daily living, and leave the afflicted person with an inability to carry out normal tasks, such as working, interacting with friends and family, and sleeping.

Depression itself is an umbrella term for a list of specific types of depression, such as Postpartum Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (which leads into serious symptoms of depression), Bipolar Disorder, and Psychotic Depression (which is depression with symptoms of psychosis), just to name a few.[2]

Advertising

While everyone experiences moments of depression in their life, being clinically diagnosed with depression is usually done with the aid of medical help. This diagnosis typically relies on a baseline of depression symptoms that have been present for at least two weeks.

Symptoms of Depression

Because depression is categorized as a serious mood disorder, most symptoms will begin with a person’s behavior. A person may feel persistent sadness that simply won’t go away, or they may experience a loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed, like gardening, traveling, or working out.

Other symptoms, although not a complete list, may persist:

  • Feelings of emptiness or hopelessness
  • Anxiety
  • Angry outbursts, followed by a complete mood change (from happy to sad in very quick shifts)
  • Struggles with insomnia or significant changes in sleep schedule
  • Inability and lack of desire to get out of bed in the morning
  • Significant decrease in personal hygiene, nutrition, and maintenance of their home or space
  • Decreased interactions with friends, family, or colleagues
  • Lack of energy and physical weakness, apathy, or pains and aches
  • Trouble concentrating on specific tasks or making decisions
  • Frequent thoughts about death, or even suicidal plans, thoughts, or attempts
  • Back pain and headaches

While this list is not complete or exhaustive to a person’s struggle with depression, it does provide a general picture of some of the common symptoms.[3])

Causes of Depression

Mental health disorders still very much pose a mystery to medical professionals and science, in general. While depression is treated in a variety of ways (medicine, therapy, alternative healing, etc.), professionals are still learning more about this disorder and how it affects people of different genders, ages, and backgrounds.

However, a variety of factors are known to be possible contributors to depression, such as:

Advertising

  • Hormones – in cases of giving birth or going through menopause, women’s hormones quickly change, which can trigger depression or similar symptoms
  • Genes – while not everyone gets depression from inherited traits, it is a factor, and research has seen a correlation between depression in families that is carried through generations
  • Brain chemistry – one of the key factors in understanding cause of depression is brain chemistry, specifically neurotransmitters that work with the neuro-circuits in the brain to balance mood stability. If these neurotransmitters are not working properly, it could lead to depression or similar symptoms

We already mentioned brain chemistry, and how it plays an integral part in understanding how your brain works in relation to mood stability. Neurotransmitters are your body’s chemical messengers. They transmit these messages between neurons for a plethora of reasons – cognitive function, organ function, dopamine release, etc.[4]

In terms of relating this to depression, however, those transmitters also regulate mood stability, and if they’re not relaying messages correctly or connecting to the brain circuitry in normal, functioning ways, we see a correlation between that “misfiring” and mental illness.

To paint a picture, imagine your brain split in half, the two lobes or hemispheres perfectly separated from each other.

Now, imagine the mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters like tiny little ping-pong balls that bounce from one hemisphere of the brain to the other, relaying messages that connect the brain as a whole. This is what we normally see in a healthy functioning brain.

However, if there is a change in this chemistry, and the ping-pong balls are not crossing and relaying as they should, that change creates a shift in your brain circuitry that may cause depression or similar symptoms.

Because our brain is an extremely complex and intricate organ which scientists are still studying and learning about, it wouldn’t be complete to say that only chemical imbalances cause depression.

Advertising

In fact, recent Harvard research suggests that a slew of factors are involved in creating a correlation between depression and your brain function. These are inclusive of the neurotransmitters we described above, but they also include your way of life, medication, stress levels, and even genetic contributions or ways in which you were brought up.[5]

Because depression is a mood disorder, we have to look at our behavior, and how it is influenced by our brain chemistry.

Behavior is shaped by our temperament, and much of that comes from our genetics. We are predisposed to act in certain social situations in ways that tie us to our family chain.

How we react to life circumstances or other people is very much a reflection of what we picked up from our parents, guardians, friends, or social upbringing. From this, we may make different choices in life, for better or worse, depending on these genetics.

Similarly, our view of the world and our relation to it also have a hand in how depression may form. We create our world view early on in life, and while it is influenced by our family and life events, it’s also very much our own.

If you’ve experienced loss or disappointment, you’re likely to fall back on your world view to cope with it and allow it to protect you. As an example, you may close yourself off from new relationships because you’ve endured heartbreak and don’t believe that you’re worthy of real love; or, you come from an upbringing that wasn’t emotionally available, so you don’t create habit patterns or behaviors that show you how to handle emotion in a healthy way.

Advertising

All of these scenarios create behavior. In turn, that behavior creates habit patterns, that in turn, create your daily life and your interaction with it.

While chemical imbalances can have a direct role in manifesting depressive episodes, we have to be aware that our own, inherent behavioral traits are just as powerful contributors.

Medications to re-balance any chemical disruptions in the brain are a proactive tool against depression. These can be explained and provided to you by a medical health professional.

When it comes to our behavior, however, and how we deal with stress, trauma, loss, medical problems, and the like – all of which are triggers for depression – we can implement new habits[6] that can decrease any damage to our state of body and mind, such as:

  • Meditation
  • Deep breathing
  • Yoga or any body-conscious movement or workout
  • Journaling about life events or problems we encounter on a daily basis
  • Therapy or group-sharing
  • Acupuncture, Reiki, or any alternative-healing modality
  • Diet and nutrition rich in foods that cleanse and empower (rather than numb and overpack the gut)
  • Hiking, running, biking, or any cardio-increasing activity
  • Spending time with others who support you

These are habits and tools that you can implement on your own, as well as with a professional. Remember to always consult with your doctor before starting any new regiment.

The Bottom Line

Depression is a disorder that affects our mood. While research has uncovered that depression may be linked to chemical imbalances in the brain, it also suggests that our behavior and inherent genetic traits are strongly connected to how depression manifests.

How you deal with the many ups and downs of daily life are strong indicators of where you may want to make changes, whether medicinal or alternative, to decrease your chances of depression and its damage, and embrace a life of health and well-being.

Featured photo credit: AJ Garcia via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] National Institute of Mental Health: Major Depression
[2] National Institute of Mental Health: Depression
[3] Mayo Clinic: Depression (Major Depressive Disorder
[4] Queensland Brain Institute: What are Neurotransmitters
[5] Harvard Health: What Causes Depression?
[6] Help Guide: Coping with Depression

Read Next