Think about this: you just spent a day at work, and you’ve thought all afternoon about how you want to tackle a goal that’s been on the back-burner all week. As the day wears on and you make your way home, you tell yourself over and over like a broken record how you need to put your head down, so to speak, and finally get around to doing that one thing you need to do.
You get home, put your bag down, and… fast-forward a few hours. Before you know it, it’s time for bed.
Well, you lost all the energy you needed; your mind effectively gave up before you even started.
A lack of energy can go beyond feeling physically tired. It can permeate into what’s known as “mental tiredness.” And it’s a real thing, affecting almost everyone for various reasons. But what if I told you it’s completely possible to tackle it? All it takes is identifying some of the sources of your lack of energy and finding ways to work with it.
Let’s go through the lack of energy causes and how to fix them.
1. An Unfulfilling Job
Everyone knows they spend at least eight hours a day at their job for generally five days a week. If you think about it carefully, though, you’ll realize that this 40 hours a week translates to about 88 full days a year you’re at your job.
We’re talking 88 straight, 24-hour days worth of work in a year. That’s about 25% of your entire existence, not including sleep, spent at your job. That’s a lot of time.
So if your job is unfulfilling to you, no wonder your mental fortitude takes the biggest beating.
Unfulfilling can also mean several things:
- You hate your job.
- You’re not learning anything.
- You dislike the job but get paid well.
- You’re bored at work.
There are many more situations, so inevitably the question gets asked: How do I know if my job is unfulfilling?
Do you feel drained? Do you dread going to work each morning? Do you often think about what you’d rather be doing when you’re at work? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you probably need to reconsider your career choice.
Why? A recent study found a direct link between job satisfaction and mental health. Those who reported less satisfaction with their jobs suffered from higher bouts of depression and sleep difficulty.
How to Fix the Problem
An unfulfilling job is an incredibly common problem faced by people around the world. Some people don’t know what their dream job is, while others don’t have the skills to get into their dream job when they want to.
The first step would be identifying jobs that would feel fulfilling. Make a list of your skills and the topics you enjoy learning. Which jobs would those things serve?
If you already know what you want to do but don’t currently have the skill set for it, take small steps to get where you need to be. Take an online class, find a mentor, or go back to school (if you have the time and the means). Is there a related job you could do that could help you build the right skills? If so, start there.