Being unhappy in work can be very difficult.
You wake up every weekday morning with dread, and sometimes your issues can spiral into a knotted web if they don't become resolved.
So much so, you think the best thing for you is to quit.
But, hold your horses. Don't do anything rash and have a long sit-down with yourself before you make any major life decisions.
We totally get that it can feel like you're falling into a deep hole, but rather than trying to escape, ask yourself this question (while you have a bag of chocolate in one hand and a glass of vino in the other):
'What exactly is making me miserable?'
New York Times bestselling author and happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin, says that this question might seem quite obvious, but it can often be overlooked.
"This sounds so obvious," she told Business Insider. "But I've found over and over, it really helps people."
According to the guru, you need to go through every aspect of your job with a fine tooth comb until you hit the exact thing that's making you unhappy.
"You're walking in the door in the morning and you're thinking, 'Oh, you know what? I don't like this anymore. This is a drag. I don't want to be here,” explains Gretchen.
"But there are a lot of reasons that that could be true. And the solutions that you would try in order to fix the situation would be really different depending on what the problem is."
So whether it's your working hours, a tricky co-worker or your salary, try to tackle the problem on a step-by-step basis.
“Once you actually pinpoint the precise nature of what's driving you crazy, it's often a lot easier to fix it than you think."
Talk to that disgruntled colleague; see if you can work flexible hours or talk to your boss about bumping up your salary.
You never know what a simple chat can do for you.