When Work Gets You Down

Every now and then, we get a shitty period during work. Not just a single day, not even a few days but a full length of a few weeks to maybe a couple of months.

Maybe it’s the pressure to hit the performance target or maybe it’s appraisal time coming up or maybe it’s the major project that you are struggling with.

Here are some of the things that you should look at on the positive light that can pull you through:

Your Coworkers

There are some bad ones and of course, there are plenty of good colleagues that will pull you through the tough times.

Gather a few of your supporters have a drink and bitch about the workload. Or try asking for help from them.

Nothing beats a wonderful co-working supportive system to make things better for you. A huge plus if you like your boss too!


People whom you meet

Besides your co-workers, there are others you meet that you work closely. Like your customers, your suppliers and contractors.

These people do matter in your work life and they can be supportive in making things better. Sometimes, your customers may even become your future employers.

Your Workplace

I have worked in small dingy offices that only has a tiny window facing the carpark and I have worked in offices with fantastic skyline city view on the 36th floor.

Guess where I stayed longer.

So yes, your workplace does matter. So look positively at your workplace.

Maybe the well-equipped gym, or the pantry filled with icecream or the staff room with colourful beanbags and PlayStation. It doesn’t take away your work worries but it does add a little joy and perhaps a corner to lower your stress level.

Your Job Benefits

Other than a wonderful work environment you might have, look at the benefits that come together with your job.

Full health and dental coverage? Love it and love it, even more, when it covers your spouse and children.

Discounted airfare? Or even staff purchase on your company products? These are extras that you can count on positively and tell yourself that you are looking at that huge bonus that comes at the end of the year.


Your Work

Do you make someone’s life better? Or your work is a part of a bigger mission to save planet earth? Or your company’s products create a safer environment for everyone?

Remember how much you wanted to join the company because of the work they offered. Look at the previous results you produced, it’s your pride and satisfaction.

Your Salary

Ultimately, your job – what you exchange with your time and your effort for money. It boils down to dollars and cents.

No doubt if you are unhappy, millions in that salary won’t make you happy. But if you are slightly disgruntled with your work, the high pay may justify why you are still at your desk this moment.

Before you throw the towel, work out your finances and the impact it may have if you leave your company.

In Other Words…

When work-life throws you off board, look at other areas of your work positively and appreciate the little stuff. It may be just a difficult period and once it is over, you’ll be glad that you are resilient enough to go through it.

So what do you do when work gets you down? How do you pull yourself back up again? Share with us your stories in the comments below.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. robgradens says:

    I like your word “shitty.” I despise office work because it is the perfect deathtrap for alcoholism. My supervisor and the majority of the office drank at least on weekends, if not daily. I fell with them into a rut of working and drinking that destroyed my life long after I quit the job. Worst five years of my life. I was wise enough to get the hell out of there and save my own life. If people have the option to leave and salvage their lives, then that’s my recommendation. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for contributing! I can only imagine the peer pressure if you don’t drink with them. That’s a real death trap indeed. I’m glad you are doing better now.


  2. Great advice. I think we’ve all had those moments.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Totally, Sean.


  3. Hammad Rais says:

    Hey Kally!
    Stopping by here after a long time. I hope that your work and your family are both doing great 🙂

    Is it really okay to throw away the towel, to pursue something what one truly loves to do, despite knowing one rock solid fact that job he or she currently holds in hand is the only reason for food on table in home everyday?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Hey Hammad!!! Big hugs. Good to have you back here.

      I’d say not just to throw away the towel without much prep or care. What one can do is to shift towards his or her passion while balancing his current job that provides the income and once his passion is financially sustainable and stable, you can drop your old job and hop on to your passion. The key is to do something about your passion and not to regret the what ifs even in the case of bringing food to the table.

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      1. Hammad Rais says:

        Kally, thank you so very much for this wonderful advice 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

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