I hate my job and I can't leave. How do I cope?
February 5, 2013 10:42 PM Subscribe
I am currently working long hours in a job that in a number of ways is driving me absolutely insane. I can't easily leave until mid year. How do I not go mad?
Specific things that I am having trouble coping with:
*The work entails long hours - about 60 per week, over 6 days. I don't have a lot of non-work headspace time.
*The work is for the most part non-challenging and often menial. I was formerly a manager with a demanding job and I am very, very, VERY bored. This is leading to me not feeling very useful and my self esteem is not enjoying this experience.
*Despite being bored I often have a lot of demanding, time sensitive requests to fulfill, I alternate between next to nothing to do to way too much to do.
*I have little say in how I fulfill my job.
*I am frequently caught in between people with conflicting demands. There is a high level of angst and very little laughter.
*The work is not overly social and I could really do with working with people. I'm lonely as all hell.
*This job is a dead-end and accepting it a complete miscalculation on my part. The nature of the job is not something management has any interest in addressing. They know I don't fit the position.
*Leaving the job means leaving this town, which means living apart from my partner.
Leaving at mid year will be a vaguely graceful exit in terms of what I move on to next, time apart from my partner and money in the bank. I'm not sure I'm going to get there however.
Help? I could really do with some coping strategies.