Listen... I truly believe now more than ever, people are staying at jobs they dislike because they are scared of "the economy."
The thing is, rarely do people pay attention to the signs of how it's affecting one's health... that it's time to move on. Understanding how difficult things might be, here are a few things that have helped me through some hard times - and can alleviate the exhaustion you or someone you know might be feeling.
*Always have something to look forward to.
I know living in the moment is something a lot of people talk about and try. It's a difficult thing sometimes - when you aren't in a great place and your job wears you down.
So what I found that gets me out of that space, is having something to look forward to. It doesn't have to be fancy - dinner with a friend... going to a play... joining a spin class.
But it does have to be something you're really looking forward to.
*Smile while you talk... but add an occasional chuckle to that.
I actually got this from a pretty amazing individual and good friend of my mentor. If you listen to a radio interview I did, you can hear a little bit of what I'm talking about. In short, it's really hard to be fatigued when you're smiling and laughing.
At first, it seems like a weird and useless thing to do... but try it for an hour and let me know what you think.
*Do something that excites you.
I know it's hard to quit a job cold turkey even though it exhausts you. But the thing is, you can certainly find something that excites you. How?
It's easy... ask yourself, "What are the ten biggest things that excite me?" Then circle the top three, put them in order and find the number one thing that would get you up early and cause you to stay up late at night.
Then do that.
And listen... even though most people around you might feel just as exhausted as you do, you don't have join them.
As my new friend Matthew Goldfarb says, "It's ok to fit in, but better to stand out."