Blue Monday Getting You Down?
Blue Monday may well have started out as a marketing campaign to encourage people to book a week in the sun, but it actually ignites conversations about much more than that.
The come down from Christmas and New Year is an abrupt one. There are no more presents to wrap, turkeys to buy or big parties to organise. You’ve returned to work and realised that despite all the “New Year, New Me” mantras your life is the same as it was three weeks ago, just a little bit lighter in the wallet.
What if your job is the problem?
It is no coincidence that January is one of the busiest months for recruitment. For people looking to make a real difference to their lives this year, changing jobs is one of the most impactful ways to change your life.
What if your job is the thing making you feel blue? Here are a few of the most common identifiers:
Stress exhibits itself in different people in different ways. Maybe your hands shake, you can’t sleep, or you get migraines, there are hundreds of ways stress affects our bodies. According to statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in their Labour Force Survey, 12.8 million working days are lost every year due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. This has been attributed to workload (44%); lack of support (14%); violence, threats or bullying (13%); changes at work (8%); and other (21%).
Take a step back. What is causing your stress?
Fridays vs Sundays
Do you feel real joy when your working week is over, and you can have a break from it all?
Do you feel a sense of dread the night before going back to work? This can mean that your stress from work is leaching into your personal time and this can have major effects on your whole life. Not wanting to go to work is something that almost everyone experiences at some point, but a relentless, strong sense of fear is not.
Whatever the reason behind your anxiety, you will need to address it before you can move past it. In a survey by Aviva, where they surveyed 2000, nine to five workers from various industries, 2 out of 3 people felt like their weekends are cut short by an anxiety about work. You want to be those 1 in 3 people who don’t.
There is truth in the saying:
“People don’t leave bad companies; they leave bad bosses”
Some bosses micromanage, others offer no support and some just don’t think the same way you do. This can sometimes be no fault of the management team, or of yours; sometimes teams don’t always work well together. This can really stunt your professional growth and your personal happiness.
Sitting at your desk twiddling your thumbs is going to be demotivating, depressing and will knock your self-esteem. Likewise, boredom from doing mundane, repetitive tasks can be just as detrimental to your health. Results from a survey conducted by CV Library in 2017 revealed that boredom affects 44.9% of workers in the UK and 54% of those surveyed also admitted that they have looked for a new job because of the boredom at work.
Lack of progression
Feeling like your career has come to a standstill and you have nothing to aim for can be a huge motivation killer. Gaining some progression in your career, whether that is a salary increase, extra responsibility or gaining a feeling of respect can often be easier by jumping ship, than staying put.
You’re looking through our site
If you are looking for new routes to take in your career, it means that your current path isn’t going as you expected or you have realised that you have gained the most out of your current position. Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side.
At Select, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. Over this time, we have encountered every job hunting scenario you can think of and we have acquired an understanding of how daunting taking the leap, changing jobs and banishing the blues can be. We try to make your whole transition – whatever form that takes – as smooth, easy and stress-free as possible. So, if you are relating to all of the Blue Monday conversations doing the rounds, get in touch with us today.
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