Your Work, Job, Career
Your Work, Your Job, Your Career, Your Vocation
Most of us in the work force are working longer hours than in previous years, and since the recession the "you need to do more with less" mindset of the US workplace has increased work-related anxiety and both mental and physical exhaustion. Have you ever found yourself saying, "I just want to be able to do my job, go home, and enjoy my life" but find that there's a dynamic at work that leaves you feeling tapped out or unbalanced? Creating a work-life balance involves finding the median between how much you actually need to work and how much of your time can be devoted to your personal pursuits, family, and home life. A newer trend in work-life health is that of simplifying our lives in an effort to reduce stress and minimize our participation in consumer "frenzy" and involves living within our means, walking or biking when we can, recycling, repurposing, eating food that's been minimally processed, sleeping well, and enjoying nature.
Take a moment to ponder the following:
How do you feel about going to your job each day?
Do you call in sick often or use most of your vacation time in order to "get a break" from work?
Have you been involved in a workplace incident or lawsuit that's left you feeling isolated from or anxious around your coworkers?
Have you been demoted, downsized, terminated, or lost your job due to budget cuts?
Are you currently looking for work and need to prepare yourself for interviews and the stress involved in a job search?
Are you currently underemployed or working outside the field you trained in or would prefer to work in?
Do you feel "stuck" and need to find healthy ways to stimulate your creativity and clear out the blockages keeping you from thriving in your career?
Are you a manager and find yourself at a loss when managing interpersonal conflicts in the workplace?
Is a mental health issue such as anxiety, depression, or insomnia affecting your ability to function at work?
If you reduced your consumption [smaller home, less expensive transportation, simpler lifestyle] would you be able to work less and have more time for the things you'd prefer to be doing?
Do you love your line of work but feel you are in a toxic work environment and need to explore ways to do what you love but without feeling hampered by a negative work environment?
Do you ever feel like you have untapped potential and want to explore that and find a way to work using your skills and talents but are unsure how to proceed?
Are you concerned that your position may be eliminated and want to find ways to prepare for possible changes in your workplace?
Do you have ongoing conflict in your place of work and need healthy ways to address?
If you find you are becoming increasingly anxious about any of the foregoing issues, you may find that exploring them in psychotherapy can be helpful to you. Psychotherapy lends itself well to helping a person evaluate their goals, strengths, limitations, and assessing for work-life balance. This process can also help you deal with workplace conflict and work-related anxiety in a safe, helpful way. Most of us have to work, but we can find ways to do that maximize our unique potential and talents. Contact me today if you'd like to look at these issues more in-depth and explore how your work is impacting your life.
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