The 9–5 life weighs on everyone. Whether you love your job or hate it, we all have times when getting through the workday is a lot harder than it ordinarily is.
Since I’m a writer, when I start to feel myself slipping toward burnout, I write about it. I write about those feelings, capture them, and sort them out as best as I can.
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, once said that “writing takes the ache away” in a lecture at Johns Hopkins University. She is both a writer and a clinical psychologist. I’m only a writer, but I have to agree with her.
Out of Balance
This piece is particularly about overdoing it to the point where our personal health suffers. It’s inevitable to happen sometimes, but if it keeps happening, something has got to change. After all, even workaholics need to take care of themselves.
Everyone, no matter what trade you’re in, ends up in a situation like this at some point. It’s particularly hard for writers to achieve work-life balance, but that is just one of many trades that struggles to find balance in their professional lives.
When I wrote this poem, it was during one of my final weeks working at Johns Hopkins Medicine, a job I really loved. I realize this might sound odd; why in the world was I leaving if I enjoyed my job and was surrounded by a great team? Though I came to love Baltimore, family matters and personal goals drew me back to my home state of New Jersey.
At any rate, it was surreal to walk my usual route to work and know that it was all ending soon.
When you’re eager to advance your career, change is inevitable. You’re going to change jobs in your quest to get your perfect position. You’re going to have to work with new teams, try out new places. It’s all part of the process and it can absolutely work out in the end, but navigating change along the way isn’t easy.
This poem may not be my most motivational composition ever, but I hope it’s a feeling that others can resonate with.
This loosely ties in with the previous poem; if you’re ambitions, which is by no means a bad thing, then you’re going to find yourself aching for more at some point in your career.
You might want more of a challenge, you might want a few more benefits; whatever it is you want, you’ve got to chase it. Because it won’t come flying in through the open window.
Too Little, Too Late
We’ve all experienced situations where we’ve faced frustration or disrespect. Harvard Business Review published a piece explaining how women experience more incivility at work, though people of all genders struggle with it at some point. Out of the sample group that the study followed, here’s what feedback from participants looked like.
“Even more shocking, 80% of employees indicated that they lost time at work due to merely ruminating about experienced incivility, with 66% indicating that their performance declined, and 78% indicating that they lowered their commitment to their organization.”
Thank you for reading, I hope some of these pieces resonated with you.
With all that said, both in verse and in the captions, I wish you all the best and all the strength you can muster to get through your week. The first place I share new poetry is on Instagram, so if you enjoyed these pieces, I’m including a link to my account below.