This post is for you if you’re feeling depleted or uninspired in your job, or if you’re weary of dreading going to work every day. We all have the right to wake up happy and ready to succeed in a job we enjoy because:
Career fulfilment has a huge impact on our physical and mental well-being.
That is to say, spending our days at a job we dislike is not particularly “healthy.”
Building a rewarding profession isn’t always simple or straightforward, and it’s certainly not something that can be accomplished overnight. It may need a lot of effort, planning, and dedication. Alternatively, it could take years of trial and error to figure out what works best for you. (Not to mention the additional obstacles to career success that many people encounter, such as women, people of colour, veterans, and persons with impairments.)
But, whatever it takes, finding a job you enjoy is well worth the effort, because a rewarding and pleasurable job will pay you in terms of your overall health and well-being over time.
That’s why “career” is one of the integrative nutrition health coaching’s core foundations!
how our health is influenced by our job satisfaction
When we’re joyful every day when we wake up—you guessed it—that happiness leads to overall happiness. We’ll be more energised and capable of dealing with whatever comes our way. We also have a higher chance of having greater immunity, a healthy weight, and a lower risk of chronic disease.
But what if we don’t like how we spend our days? It has the potential to have a significant impact on our health.
Being dissatisfied at work may, of course, have a big negative impact on our mental health. We may feel anxious, depressed, or have difficulty sleeping. And, because obtaining enough sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our health, not getting enough can lead to issues such as weight gain, diabetes risk, and a weakened immune system.
We may see the stress from job unhappiness express itself over time in the form of persistent back pain (many of us carry our tension in our backs), lowered immunity and being sick more frequently, and even heart disease. Yes, being dissatisfied at work is associated to an increased risk of inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Most of these health issues are linked to stress and our natural fight-or-flight reaction, according to scientists. We’ve already discussed how chronic stress activates this built-in survival mechanism, which, when activated too frequently or for too long, wrecks havoc on our physical and mental health.
Stress can sometimes be beneficial and aid in the development of resilience. When work stress becomes chronic and has a negative impact on our health, it’s time to take action! In this scenario, it means finding a career you’ll enjoy.
In other circumstances, we may not have much immediate career mobility because we require our current work (or jobs plural) to make ends meet, or opportunities to shift careers are limited by factors beyond our control. Women and people of colour are disproportionately affected. There are certainly very genuine and serious socioeconomic injustices that have an impact on professional opportunities (and they must be addressed!). This piece, on the other hand, is about making the most of what we do have individual control over.
indicators that you may be dissatisfied with your job
There’s a difference between hating your job and having a poor day or week at work. Being pressed for time or assigned to a project you dislike can make you sad for a short period of time.
However, if we are truly unhappy in our jobs, we would notice the following indications on a regular basis:
We are constantly concerned about work, even on our days off!
Our friends and family are sick of hearing us whine about our jobs.
Even if we try to follow workplace wellness suggestions, our physical health is deteriorating.
While at work, everything irritates us, from coworkers to customers to the continual spinning of the printer.
Most importantly, we believe our work is meaningless, a waste of time, or that we aren’t making a difference.
Many people mistakenly believe that everyone despises their job and that this is normal. But this is just not the case—many individuals enjoy their employment and are eager to get to work each day.
If you’re scratching your brain and thinking to yourself, “Wait, some people enjoy their jobs?”… It could be time for a professional refresher course to get you back on track to living and working your best life!
6 steps to a more purposeful and happy career
Are you ready to focus on yourself? It takes some forethought and reflection to create the profession of your dreams. A rewarding career, on the other hand, can genuinely make your life happier and healthier if you get it properly.
To get started on a professional path you’ll love, try the following steps:
1. Consider what you enjoy doing.
To begin, consider and connect with the things or activities that bring you joy.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What would you do if you weren’t being compensated for it?
What are the things that people claim you’re good at?
Make a list of your responses to these questions. You don’t need to think about specific jobs just yet. This activity is just designed to allow you to broaden your mind and consider what you enjoy and have to offer the world—what gives you meaning and purpose in life.
Are you feeling stuck? A meditation session might be beneficial to you. Meditation has numerous health benefits and can assist you in focusing your attention on a specific goal—in this example, pursuing a career you enjoy.
2. Visualize your perfect day at work.
After you’ve determined what you enjoy doing, consider how you’d like to spend your time doing them. What do you imagine your working days to be like?
Some people prefer to work in a group setting in an office. Others prefer to work on their own. You could even wish to work outside or in a different location each day.
Also, don’t forget about the dress code. Is it more your style to be dressed up or casual?
We spend a significant amount of time at work each day, so choosing the perfect atmosphere is critical to creating a rewarding career.
3. Consider occupations that allow you to pursue your passions.
It’s now time to turn your career objective into a job title! What professions allow you to pursue your passions?
This may necessitate a visit to your reliable friend Google to investigate your choices. You can also seek for employment openings and read job descriptions on job sites like Indeed, Idealist, or LinkedIn. We haven’t applied for anything yet, so don’t worry. All of this is still research!
Start investigating to see what’s out there, and as you go, pay attention to what feels oooh interesting. When you read a job description, your gut reaction will often guide you: does it excite you to think of yourself in that capacity, or does it make you feel gloomy and doomed? This is all beneficial information for your perfect employment hunt!
4. Think about potential roadblocks.
Once you’ve compiled a list of possible occupations, filter it down. Find out which solutions are viable for you based on the timetable and resources you have available.
What are the “barriers to entry” for certain jobs? Are there any educational or certification requirements you’ll need? Perhaps a specific job would necessitate relocating or making other lifestyle changes?
Roadblocks in your career path aren’t always insurmountable. Some of the obstacles to admission you may face can be solved with a little creativity and the tools you have on hand. Others, on the other hand, may be out of reach for this lifetime.
But try not to get discouraged by these obstacles. The key is to be aware of potential roadblocks ahead of time so you can assess if you have the resources and drive to overcome them, or if they’re a hint that this isn’t your ideal career path after all.
5. Seek guidance from others who are experts in the industry.
Learning from people who have done what you’re aiming to do can be really beneficial.
Invite successful people in the field you want to break into out for coffee so you can pick their brains. How did they get started in their field? Would they advocate continuing to continue at their present position? What kind of training did they receive, and what positions did they hold before to this one? What have they discovered along the way?
Because everyone is different, take in mind that their experience could not be the same as yours. (Perhaps they enjoyed something you will despise, or vice versa.)
Getting insider knowledge from someone in your preferred area or function is still a wonderful approach to learn more about the ins and outs of a specific career—and possibly get a new supporter who can help you along the way!
6. Make a timeline that can be followed.
Once you’ve gathered some background information about your dream job and the measures you’ll need to take to get there… Consider it!
Laying out an actionable timeline to get from where you are to where you want to be is a part of envisioning.
What actions should you take to get ready for your ideal job?
What role will these steps play in your daily routine?
What can you do to emotionally and physically prepare?
Make a list of everything you’ll need from beginning to end. Then, once you arrive, cross it off your list. Do you have a new professional certificate? Check. Do you have any references from a prior employer? Check. Are you putting together a financial plan to save for a career change? Check.
This road map you make will direct your efforts and assist you in getting exactly where you need to go. You’ll be able to tell when it’s time to take the plunge and land your dream job.
Good luck—you can do it!