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I feel bored and stressed at my job. How is that even possible?

Q: I feel bored and stressed at my job. How is that even possible?

A: Are you bored because your tasks are low level and repetitious or because you’ve mastered a challenging role over time? Either situation can cause stress, because you know you are ready to take on more or to change jobs. Inertia, uncertainty, or our life stage may keep us in a role that bores us longer than we want to remain, resulting in stress over our ability to make the change we need.

Your inability to tolerate the boredom and the stress, at a certain point, is what will ultimately motivate you to seek out more responsibility in your current job or to enter the market to find the opportunity for development elsewhere.

Boredom can signal mastery; stress can spur us on. Don’t sabotage yourself by overanalyzing how you feel. When the time is right, make the career progress you want; leave the boredom behind, manage the new stresses, enjoy your career and your ability to resist habituating to feelings when they no longer serve you.