Real people explain how they cope with extreme job stress

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A job can be, at its most basic level, a means to support yourself financially. While there are a lot of people who get joy out of their jobs and try to nurture a successful career, there's no doubt that working a 9-5 (or more) has its downsides. First and foremost being stress. Whether or not it's about your commute, or your boss, or something totally different, job stress is something most people can relate to.

Several people took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their most honest thoughts, to explain what it's really like to deal with extreme stress at work.

Daydreaming about something many people fear might be a red flag:
I secretly want to get fired from my job because I

Mo' money, mo' problems:
My job is destroying me. The work is too stressful and takes too many hours of my life. The money is great but it

Stress might present itself in self-destructive ways:
I love my job but sometimes my boss stresses me out so much to where all I want to do is drink.

Liking your job and feeling stressed aren't mutually exclusive:
I love my job but the stress I deal with every day makes me feel completely alone. Most days I just want to run away and cry.

The worst part about job searching is hiding it from your current employer:
My boss has no idea I

Knowing more is expected of you than you feel you're capable of can be very anxiety-provoking:
My company is too reliant on me to do too many things and it makes work stressful. I wish it were different but I am being taken advantage of and I don

Knowing you 'should' like where you are is different than actually liking it:
I dread going into work each morning. My office makes me so stressed out and I

Some jobs are so stressful that you can't even escape them when you're asleep:
My job stresses me out so much I get nightmares about it...

It's alarming if looking towards the future is scary rather than exciting:
My job makes me depressed, it stresses me out so much.. I don

Too much time and energy spent on work might result in a loss of identity:
My intense job stress is affecting every part of my life. I feel like I

For more confessions from people who are stressed at work, check out Whisper!

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