Dreading Work?

Dreading Work?

Pre-work dread
 
Have you ever lain in bed the night before starting your work week, dismayed about the day ahead?
As Healthcare Professionals, some may assume that we would be immune from this due to our selfless nature.
 
But nothing could be further from the truth.
As much as we would like to think that we are immune from this human emotion because it is our job to care for others, we are not.
 
Many of us suffer from pre-work dread, which leads to anxiety, overwhelm, frustration, and trepidation which is not a pleasant or productive way to go into a shift.
 
Is there anything that we can do to elevate the discomfort of pre-work dread? 
 
There are many unhealthy ways to escape this emotion; alcohol, drugs, food, porn, shopping, or gambling, to mentions a few.
 
But there are also healthy ways to help too.
The first thing to do is acknowledge that nothing has gone wrong because we have these feelings.
Dread is one way our minds think it is protecting us or is trying to get our attention.
 
The second thing we can do is not get upset that we are feeling this way. Getting upset that we are feeling dread is like putting gas on the fire.
We then are upset and are also feeling dread.
Now we are stacking our negative feelings, which have a synergistic effect in a destructive way.
So allow yourself to feel dread without fighting it, get comfortable, chill, relax and breathe.
With practice, this routine will start to ease the dread.
We can tell ourselves oh this is just dread this feeling is not going to hurt me.
 
The next step is to write down on paper everything that is bothering us and causing dread.
Get it all out so you can examine it, acknowledge it and become intentional with it.
Then separate the list into two categories.
First, into “what can I control” and “what is out of my control.”
Cross out everything on the list that is out of our control.
We don’t want to waste time focusing on things that we cannot fix or influence. Focusing on what we cannot control will cause dread and anxiety to increase. Spinning our wheels keeps us stuck.
 
The rest of the items on your list are where we can have the most traction and effect.
Then start taking action one thing at a time.
In most cases, we will find that we truly have the most control over ourselves, our attitude, and our actions.
This is great news because our thoughts affect our attitude and our actions, which will directly affect our experience at work, and our thoughts are 100% under our control.
With practice and intention, we gain control over the thoughts that are leading to dread and anxiety.
 
These steps are a great starting
point to regain control of the emotions dictating our pre-work hours and the attitude in which we approach each sift.
 
If we want things to change then, we need to implement new habits.
New habits are made one small step at a time.
 
My name is Monica Myers. I am a PA-C and an Advanced Certified Life Coach. This tool is just one of the things I use to help my clients recover from burnout and regain balance in their lives.
 
Please seek help before you reach the breaking point, if not from me, then from someone.
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