I know I should be able to do this, but I constantly feel like I can't
March 19, 2009 7:24 AM Subscribe
How can I get through this job stress without driving myself insane?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A few months ago I started a new job. Just on for a project. It's a very small office, so I'm really the only one responsible for this project at this point, aside from my boss. Project should be wrapping up in a month or so.
This is exactly the work I want to be doing, although it's a severe step up in difficulty and responsibility from what I've done in the past. Long hours and weekend work are expected. I have to admit I'm a little overwhelmed.
Realistically, I know I can do this. But I don't feel it. At all. I have to give myself mental pep talks several times a day. I'm constantly stressed. I don't eat enough, I smoke too much. I've lost a not insignificant amount of weight because of this. Not complaining about that, but it shows the effect this is having on me. I wake up in a panic and usually throw up first thing in the morning.
I feel like I've bitten off more than I can chew. Logically I'm doing a decent job, but in my head I'm floundering. My boss is very driven, and expects the same from me. I'm doing my best, but I know he feels that it is going much slower than he'd like. I am committed to the project, think it's good work and will be an important step in my career. But like I said, it's way more than I've done before. I'm normally pretty chill and a bit lazy, and the stress is really getting to me.
If it wouldn't totally screw the project and my future reference and work, I probably would have told them to find someone else a while ago. That is not an option, and really I don't want it to be.
How have you dealt with this kind of situation? How can I get through the next couple of weeks, do my best, and not lose my mind?