- Wedding: Lombardi\'s On The Bay
I wish I could give you a hug because I’ve been in your shoes before. Long story short, I am a teacher and I LOVE my field of work. My first four years as a teacher (going into year 6 this year) I worked in a toxic, draining environment. My principal hated me irrationally and without reason. I won’t divuldge into too many details, but lets just say my former district was a terrible fit for me overall. Fast forward a bit – I went on probably 50 or more interviews before I got my current job, where I’ve been for the past year. I felt like the misery at my old job would never end, and that I’d be stuck there forever. Not the case. I am in love with my new school district and everyone there – the faculty, admins, kids, parents, everyone. I finally feel like my job has real purpose, I look forward to going to work each day, and I am constantly motivated to do my best. Maybe that’s what finding yourself is all about? I don’t know. I just feel like a new woman and it feels fantastic.
I just told you all of that because I want you to know that it WILL get better for you. Being in a work “slump” can be extremely exhausting. The one thing that really helped me keep my chin up at my old job was doing things that bring me immense joy. Whatever that may be, you need to find those things and do them. For me, it was a few little things – reading, cooking, working out, and just being around good people. Treat yourself once or twice a week to an indulgence – a new clothing item, ice cream, whatever you want! You can do it without breaking the bank.. trust me. Also, you deserve it.
This next piece of advice kinda sucks and is much easier said than done. Perhaps there’s a person or two who are bad influences in your life – if so, you may have to cut them out. I don’t know you or anything about your life, so I obviously don’t know if this is the case. However, I’ve often found that people who are going through a slump are in kind of relationship that’s holding them down. It might be a friend or a boyfriend, but if you feel as though your relationship with said person is stagnant and isn’t benefiting you anymore, end it. It will hurt but the feeling of freedom and happiness will hit you out of nowhere, and trust me, it is sooooo worth it.
Trying new things also got me out of my slump. My 2nd year of teaching I discovered the magic of spin classes. Looking back on it, I would have gone totally insane had it not been for my 3x weekly spin classes. It also gives you something cool to talk about with your friends.
Stay optimistic. And remember, you have your entire life to find yourself 🙂