I commute to work 3 days a week for 2.5h more or less each way, and I WFH 2 days a week.
I do not work in IT (Logistics), and this is my first job ever, shy of right about 6 months into it. I'm a 23 year old college dropout.
I used to live in the city I currently work as, but my landlord just became impossible to live with, which left me with a very bad experience of what sharing a house is like.
At the same time, I experienced some work problems which led me to become very anxious when I'm lonely, and so, I decided to go back to live with my parents, which has helped me become more mentally stable.
However, my 2.5h commute, which consists of Driving to a Train a Station (30 min) --> Taking a train (1h) --> Taking the subway (25 min) --> Taking a tram (5 Mon) --> Walk to work (5 Mon) (in the best case scenario), is making me very mentally exhausted. I wake up to go to work at 6PM and I get back home at 7.45PM. I go to sleep at 9.45PM.
I've tried listening to podcasts, but I've found they do not quite work for me. Maybe I need better headphones, but in the train, people just talk too loudly for them to work.
I cannot leave this job because it's my sole source of income, and I'm financially stretched (salary is rather low), as well as I'm 6 months into it. Dad tells me every day how proud it is of my job and how I should never leave it.
Looking for a new place to rent is hell, absolute hell. Landlords want to know your work history + income history + shady landlords which do not want you to sign contracts leaving you with no rights + it would be a huge expense for me. Right now, I ride the aforementioned train for free thanks to a government program, so commuting costs me 1/7th vs. renting.
I also have a friend who makes as much money as I do, in IT, WFH fully, and is doing so much better than I do. I'm a CS dropout, and I'm thinking of getting back to it... But I have my doubts.
Has anyone experienced a commute like this? How did you bear through it? How long did you last at it?