Nowadays it’s assumed that people will work until their late 60s and even early 70s. For some this will be because they choose to, for many it will be due to necessity. Some studies suggest that working for as long as possible can help keep people healthy.
I suspect this is only the case when the person enjoys working and finds it rewarding. Otherwise, the stress from disliking work will be unhealthy. Work is a huge part of life – on average over 40% of our time awake. If we dislike our jobs, or feel permanently unchallenged or unfulfilled by our work, the resulting stress can take its toll on us – physically and emotionally. Therefore, finding ways to have a career that brings a sense of purpose and reward, is a matter of health as much as anything else. Especially as our working lives get longer, and go on into old age.
The stress resulting from not enjoying work is one of the main reasons that clients come to me for career coaching. Some want to progress in their current career but feel stuck at a certain level and so feel undervalued and unchallenged, others want to change careers from one they actively dislike into one in which they feel they could achieve their full potential.
The change in a person when they can see a future with a greater sense of optimism and purpose than before is amazing. Part of the process is to recognise any thoughts that are holding you back.
Perhaps you feel that your skills are not transferable to a new career or a promoted position? Or maybe you’ve just assumed it was natural to dislike work. Luckily, whatever your situation there is usually some way to improve an unhappy position. So, take an active interest in your future work and plan how to enjoy it – it might be one of the healthiest things you can do.
I work with clients face-to-face and via Skype, so wherever you are, why not find out more about how I could help you to achieve the happiness success that you deserve? I am also available to talk to groups who want to learn more about stress management, improving lifestyle habits and confidence building. Contact me today for more information.