What to do if the thought of going back to your day job after the lockdown makes you anxious?

Does going back to your day job after the lockdown scare you?

Has the lockdown opened your eyes and you have realised you are in the wrong career or a job?

Going back to your day job after months of working from home is suddenly making you feel uneasy. Whilst most of the world can’t wait to go back to the hustle and bustle of the working day, the thought of resuming your working life as it was before the lockdown is giving you anxiety. Whether it is caused by the exhausting commute, long hours in the office, running from meeting to meeting or the thought of your colleagues or boss, you know you are not happy. 

Working from home for months gave you time to reflect and slow down. Thoughts you pushed to the back of your head, because of your busy lifestyle became louder and clearer until you couldn’t ignore them. Now you know things have to change, but you don’t know how to go about it.

If this sounds familiar don’t worry, you are not the only one. Lots more people are realising that life doesn’t have to be a crazy roller-coaster all the time. When we slow down we start to acknowledge who and what is important in our lives and start resisting the life we don’t want any longer.

If your job is one of the things in your life that doesn’t make you happy you need to create a strategy to change it before it’s too late. You might be reluctant to make the change happen because your current job provides you with stability, helps pay your bills and perhaps gives you semblance of status should you work for a top company or have a job title that others might covert. Consequently you might feel guilty for hating your job when there are hundreds of unemployed people out there struggling to find one. You can always find reasons why you should stay in your current situation. You need to be brave and find reason why you should change it and get the fulfilment in your career you deserve.

Every year you make excuses, trying harder and harder to bury the voice in your head telling you to do what makes you happy.  You continue to feel scared and unhappy, the cycle continues and nothing changes.

What if this year was different? What if the lockdown and the pandemic made you act on the voice in your head and change your life. What if there is a life where you can have a job you love and the money you need?

If you are ready to take action and make a change, now is the time to start. The five steps below will help you find a more fulfilling job and a happier life.

1. Start with the small steps – write where you want to be this time next year and how you want your career/ job situation to look. Have a clear vision of what you don’t want and it will help lead you to what you DO want.

2.   Look at the options for setting up an online business- not knowing how to use technology, being too old/young or inexperienced are poor excuses when there is so much information out there. I recommend this video course, it is Free and it will guide you step by step through the process of setting up any online business. All you need is a few minutes of your commitment and no excuses. Click here to start.

3. Get a career coach- it is one of the best investments you can make. A career coach will make you accountable for your job search when struggling to focus. They will provide you with structure, guidance and motivation and be a valuable resource when things get tough. You can source the internet for free guidance and inspiration however the shire amount of information can soon become overwhelming causing you to revert to your old ways. Get in touch if you want to find out more here.

4. Get outside your comfort zone- the reason you have all the excuses and nothing has changed in years is your current situation is too comfortable. You have a stable income, things are good but you are still unhappy.  Get out there, get networking, join Facebook/ LinkedIn groups and communities. Help people with your knowledge and expertise. You will get your passion back and feel inspired and encouraged to carry on. Start by joining this amazing Little Meetup LinkedIn community here.

5.    Make a long term and short term plan for your next career/ job venture. Use your current job to support yourself in the short term but work on your long term career goals every day. Adding new connections e.g. LinkedIn, completing an online course or a coaching session can help facilitate your long term career goals . As long as you are moving towards your goal,  things will start changing for the better.  Just make sure you don’t stop. You deserve to be fulfilled in your life. You only get one life so keep that in mind when things get hard.

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