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/rec/ - Ex-NEET / Recovery

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i have been a NEET for most of the last decade, apart from a seasonal part-time job some years ago which i quit after a few months. i recently was hired full-time for a mostly WFH office job. how can i cope with suddenly having to work for eight hours a day? i can't relax because i know i'm just going to have to do it again tomorrow. i feel like i have no free time any more. what are some strategies i can use to avoid suicide? i miss those carefree days already…


Quit if you can't handle it


Congrats on getting a job anon!
I’m thinking that maybe some clear distinction between work and home (like dedicating a room/ some space to work and only work) could help, as it get you into the work mindset and also gives a reason to get though the work day (to come back into comfy hole at the end of it). Also remind yourself the that you are now capable of finacially independance (or kind of is) thanks to your job by saving up and treating yourself sometimes sounds like a good idea as well.

t. An useless, jobless uni student


i'm having a really difficult time coping with this. last night i fell asleep in my chair for an hour after work, and when i woke up i was so angry that i had lost an hour of my now-precious free time i wanted to scream. i can't actually fully relax after work, knowing i have another eight hours of it tomorrow, so my week feels like one long slog where there's no real delineation between days. i can't stop thinking about how much i hate this, i hate having to work, i hate work, i hate that i'm being forced to do this, i hate that i'm forced to interact with people, i hate having to learn all this shit i don't care about, i hate hate hate hate every single part of this. i'm terrified that this is just the start of some slow lobotomy and soon i won't even have the energy to hate it, that i'll end up resigning myself to having the majority of my time and energy stolen from me and spend the next 40 years toiling away like this. i can't see full-time employment as being part of a life worth living for me.
i want to at least tough it out until i can move out or something, but whenever i think about "just a few more months" the fear that i might be saying that for the rest of my life comes back. and then, once i've already moved out, won't i be stuck here even further, unable to quit or i'll lose my home? is there a way to live without working? can i just buy a trailer somewhere and live off of savings forever?
i don't know what to do. this is unbearable, the alternatives are unbearable, i can't imagine a future that is bearable.


we're in the same boat. but i encourage myself with little tidbits of silent comfort. i hope they are useful to you:

being optimistic (its kinda hard tbh), my job helped me organize my life better and be more active. it sorta forced me to use my spare time to do shit i actually wanted to do or better myself instead of just mindlessly wasting time using my computer. and coming home tired af made me forget how dark was that void of watching the days passing me by while i waited to wither away into oblivion
now my time is valuable. for me and others

and my hard work will hopefully be a stern lesson to my future self:
-some people do this and more simply to survive
-my comfy newly acquired job is a stroll in the park compared to what i could be doing
-you *were* able to work like an ox, and you took it like a man

by the way, and please dont take this the wrong way, you would miss your job at the office if you were an ironworker like me. and i say this because i had an office job before

best of luck, and keep on keeping on


Steal office supplies, fuck around on your computer, take a lot of bathroom breaks. Alternatively, >>200.


You still there and doing alright? I'm in the same position. I truly feel having part time hours while monetizing a hobby you have to make up for the unworked days feels the best emotionally.


Unfortunately this is the way almost all of us are doomed to live. There is no pause button, no meaning, no end in sight. Nearly all of your remaining waking hours on this planet will be spent toiling away as you are, in service of an entity the means nothing to you other than serving as a means of keeping you off the streets.

You will get used to it though, that's the worst part. The only card we have to play is using those fleeting hours after we clock out and the weekends to keep ourselves sane. Maybe try to meet somebody. Develop a hobby of some kind with a real skill floor and ceiling, something that'll yield long term fulfillment rather than short lived dopamine hits that leave you numb and dead inside. If you don't wanna rope, ya gotta cope. There's just no other way.


You'll get used to it.

Fucking depressing reading this but it's true.


Completely true. Our parents were baited into reproducing like all of them are. And here we are, having to live a mediocre life of wageslaving. We need to stay strong bros and never give up, we need to cope with this. Working IS NOT FUN. We are all aware of this. We need to find ways to tolerate it while looking for something better.


I love stealing paper and shit like that.
You're a student, you're not useless at all.
And why do you have to be useful? For whom? Women and employers? Enjoy your life anon. Stop thinking like that.
I admire your strength, anon. This advice is good.

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