There are times where it can be easy to lose sight of who you are. Last week I discussed changing jobs when it isn’t right for you.
My previous job, I lost myself. I became miserable and people around me could notice. This hindered my family relationships and friendships.
Finally, I became fed up with the job and quit. I believe that before I find my next job, I need to figure out ways to not lose who I am while working.
Outside Work Activities
Some of the ideas I had were to make sure I continue doing activities that speak to me outside of work. This includes, going to the gym, reading books, hanging out with friends etc.
I believe that if I begin to notice my outside of work activities being pushed aside, I need to reevaluate if the job is worth it.
I won’t quit right away; I just need to either find a way to find myself again or get out of the situation. In order to find oneself, there are many things one can do.
I think the first thing that needs to be done is look back and decide when you were most yourself. Thinking about that time, what does it mean that you were yourself?
Who are you? What activities light you up? You can either make a list and keep it on hand or just keep them in mind for when you need to reference it.
Once you know these activities, I would suggest trying to find ways to incorporate these activities in your day to day.
Take baby steps. Start by doing one activity every day for even half an hour. Please don’t get discouraged if this process takes a while. Keep going. If after weeks, you feel like this hasn’t helped, you can either try a different activity or change what is sucking your personality out of you.