Do you find that work is actually taking over your life? Do you find that you spend far too much time worrying about work issues, doing horrendous amount of over-time in order to justify your worth to the company, and generally putting your life on hold for the good of the company? Is this you? What happened to the days where you would work to pay your bills and to finance your post-workday life? More often than not the only people who benefit from this vicious work cycle are the pubs, bars and coffee shops i.e. people using these forms of stimulant/relaxant to get them through every day. I think it is time to apply those brakes and re assess what is important to you.
It only dawned on me over the last few months that I too was stuck in this rut. Working towards my next pay day in order to purchase those items that would prop me up through the working week. Then, come the weekend, I would be so exhausted that I would spend every minute of my spare time wasting away in front of the television watching re-runs of my favourite programmes. Partly because my money dwindled on consuming too much alcohol and caffeine to get me through my working week and partly through tiredness of consuming too much of the former products. All this multiplied together leads to a depressing and lonely existence.
I have been working my way out of this rut but I must inform you that it is a very slow progress: Caffeine gone (as per post below), alcohol limited, rekindling hobbies and making more time for friends and family. I have even booked a week-long touring holiday making use of the amazing rail network we have this side of Europe. Even though I am still early on into escaping from my aforementioned rut (Month 4) I have already started feeling better with my motivation levels slowly re-emerging after many years of being submerged by stress, anxiety and mild depression.
I urge you all to not except that this is your lot and to start taking possible steps to regain the control on your own life. It is my time and I can bet my bottom dollar that it is yours too.
"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness." - Charles Sprugeon