Originally Posted by HappyMommy2
I would say creating a step by step plan to get out of the toxic environment, and then starting to take those steps ASAP.
Absolutely. Feeling hopeless does real physical damage to a person's body, not just their mind. Make a plan and get out.
Edited to add, this is about your job, right Allison? You did say in your OP that this is temporary, which is great. What's your time span? How long is temporary?
My husband is in a rotten job. Hour long commute, dreadful politics, and he's been furloughed a day a month for more than a year now. Mostly he copes, there are days he hates it, and I hate that it's this way.
However, he has an oasis (besides his loving wife and kids
). He was a music major in college (didn't finish). He's in a high-end choir with people he really respects, singing music he loves. Every Monday night he immerses himself for 3 hours in challenging music, stretches his brain, hangs with the young kids fresh out of college (he's 42). Twice a year he gets to put on a tux, sing and show people he's more than just that lousy job.
He says it's a life saver.
Do you have something you're interested in that isn't job related? Can you make a big commitment to it? Find a way to immerse yourself in it?