Working a Dead-End Job and Taking Care of Yourself

dead-end job

dead-end job

Anyone knows that working a dead-end job is physically and emotionally taxing. I know because I’ve been doing it for many years now. Since I have to work this type of job, I had to learn how to take better care of myself.

Recently, a doctor told me that the disks in my neck and back are degenerating. This produces a pain, tingling, or numbness due to the irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve.

In one of my videos, I advise previous felons to be sure to take care of themselves. It’s very likely we will be working job that will cause these types of problems. It’s also unlikely that we will have a job that is worth our time and talents. We might have to work several of these jobs just to put food on the table. In order to survive and not become partially crippled trying to make ends meet, here are my suggestions for self-care.


  • Baths
    I suggest that we take baths to soak sore muscles and joints. Use Epsom salt if necessary.
  • Heating
    I use heating pads after working a long shift or sitting down for too long. I usually put it on for twenty minutes at a time. If I don’t have a heating pad, I’ll take a warm, damp towel and put it in the microwave for about one minute. Make sure it isn’t too hot before you put it on your skin.
  • Anti-inflammatory
    Take any anti-inflammatory medicine during and after work. I suggest the Vitamin Shoppe Ginger Root 550 MG Capsules. I take a pill during my job and in the car when I’m finished with a job. However, any over the counter or herb remedy will work. This medicine will help to prevent you from swelling (which causes more pain) when you have overworked yourself.
  • Take a Day Off
    I’ve learned that resting is the best medicine sometimes. Although I may have taken ginger root and applied ice or heat to my back, I find I still need several days of rest. This is usually because I’ve worked several days straight.

Please remember that when people work at a low waged, dead-end job, managers and bosses are often not thinking about the employee’s future or well-being. I often felt they were trying to run their employees into the ground because they were expendable and plentiful. It made me realize that the only person who was going to take care of me was me.