One of the biggest causes of poor mental health is work. So many people suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression because they are unhappy with the place that they are forced to spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
For every person who loves their job, there will likely be another who actively dislikes or even hates theirs and it can be soul-destroying. There are lots of reasons why people don’t enjoy their work, but one of the biggest issues is enjoyment. So many of us simply do not work in areas that we are interested in. We have no passion for the work we do and as a result, it drags us down and makes us unhappy in so many ways.
There are so many advantages to doing what you love for work that more of us should seek to do just that. Of course, it isn’t always easy to make a change, but even if you have to go back to school, retrain or completely change your life around, it is worth considering for the following benefits:
Improved Levels of Happiness and Satisfaction
People who do what they love for work tend to be happier on the whole than people who do jobs that they aren’t particularly interested in at best. Of course, they still have days when they don’t want to get out of bed, but on the whole, they do not suffer stress and anxiety around going to work.
Not only that but individuals who do what they love get more satisfaction out of the work they do. They believe that it is important, interesting and fulfilling, so even when they are dealing with a more mundane aspect of their work, it brings them a great deal of satisfaction.
When you do what your love, you put your whole heart into it and this translates to you adding more value by offering higher quality services, better insights, and even more love. This is particularly important if you are running your own business.
Increased Levels of Self-Esteem
When you decide to give up the job you hate and do one or two courses in fitness so that you can become a personal trainer and do something you love every day, for example, you start to very quickly feel much better about yourself.
When you’re doing a job you hate, you tend to focus on the negatives more – the things you’ve done wrong, the aspects of the jobs that are the least fun, the colleagues who you don’t get on with – and this can affect your mental health, but when you are doing what you love and what you care about, it’s far easier to deal with any negatives and focus your energies on the positives, which are usually abundant.
It’s common to coast in a job that you aren’t very interested in, which means that you do not reach your full potential and you end up bored and unhappy too. This is totally different from how you perform when you’re doing something meaningful to you. You give tasks your full attention, and you put the maximum amount of effort into everything you do. You enter a state of flow where any negative feelings fade away and you are able to work solidly and effectively. If you are prone to anxiety and depression, the state of flow can be very useful in taking your mind off things and helping you to feel better than you did before, so this is a very useful state to get into.
Due to all of the above factors, once you start doing what you love for work, more opportunities will open themselves up to you. You will be happier, more confident and more effective in your work and that will impress all of the right people and open doors you never knew existed. You will be able to take advantage of new opportunities and really build up the kind of work life you have dreamed of.
As you can see, there are many great advantages to doing what you love for work. But if you are unable to do that right now, for whatever reason, the last thing you should do is beat yourself up. Take some time to think about what you would do in an ideal world and then look at what small steps you can take that will send you in the right direction. Even this could be enough to make you feel happier and more motivated in life until you do eventually get to where you need to be.