A little bit of dread at the end of the weekend is normal, but what happens when it becomes excessive and Monday blues ruin your entire weekend? How do you know when it has become a big problem and a sign you need a change in your job?
A little bit of dread, and maybe even some jitters are normal on a Sunday evening. Let’s face it, everyone would much rather have a five-day weekend and a two-day work week than the other way around. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. Here are warning signs that dreading work on Monday is a much larger problem.
- You experience excessive anxiety, depression, and panic attacks on a regular basis.
- The thought of having to go back to work on Monday routinely ruins your entire weekend.
- You take medication, such as sleeping pills, to help you cope with the dread of beginning another workweek.
- Eating unhealthy foods and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in order to escape the dread.
None of these behaviors are normal and are indicative of needing to change jobs before you experience serious health problems.
Determine Why You Are Miserable at Your Current Job
You first need to determine what it is about your current job that makes you dread going to work on Monday. Maybe it’s the:
- Work schedule
- Management style
- Job duties
Once you have figured out the source, or sources, of dread, you can determine what you need from your next job. Understanding your current issues will prevent you from jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
What Are Your Options?
The bottom line is you have two options. You can either choose to stay in your current job or find a new one. If you choose to stay, talk with your supervisor and explain the areas in which you are dissatisfied. The two of you may be able to come up with a solution that works for both of you, such as moving to a different department.
If your supervisor is unwilling to bend or you are not satisfied with the solution, it may be time to find a new position that is more fulfilling.
Partner With a Staffing Agency
When searching for a new job, the last thing you want is to end up in a job that makes you equally or more miserable than the one you are leaving. When going it alone it can be hard to determine if a position meets your goals. Partnering with a staffing firm means you work with an experienced specialist who will ensure you are placed with a company that aligns with what you are looking for in your next job.