How to endure a physically exhausting and mentally draining job?
March 1, 2014 8:10 PM Subscribe
So, being the unemployable liberal arts grad that I am, I’ve started cashiering / waiting tables to make ends meet, while looking for internships in my desired field (which are often unpaid anyway). I hate this job, dread going to work, but cannot quit yet. How do I cope?
posted by shadowy_world to Work & Money (21 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
The shifts are 6 hours, sometimes 12 hours, long. At the end of the day, my body would be sooo tired from all that standing and running around. But what’s more important is my deteriorating mental health. I’m an extremely thin-skinned introvert. Thus, socially interacting with people and dealing with their demands / complaints is too much for me to bear. Also, I know this is unreasonable, but I cannot help feeling what a waste my life has been, investing in all those degrees for nothing. I’ve always taken school very seriously, studying so hard to get good grades. And look at where I have ended up! It would have been better if I had quit high school instead.
I know that life is tough and happiness is not to be expected (although this realization sometimes leads me to the conclusion that it’s not worth it to be alive after all). However, it seems like other people handle it better than I do. For example, my co-workers at the restaurant (waiters, cooks, and dish-washer) are toiling away too, but they can still have fun, talking and joking around with each other at work. My sister used to have a similar job that paid even much less, yet she rarely complained about it. My parents have been self-employed with various jobs that are more physically and mentally taxing, but they tolerate everything well enough.
While reality cannot be changed, at least temporarily, I hope to change my attitude towards it. So, please share with me words of wisdom that can make me feel better about the situation. Thanks a lot in advance!
P/S: I’m an atheist, so religious teachings may not be effective. Also, I currently cannot afford therapy.