Do you dread going to work? Every morning is the same: you have to be dragged out of bed. It is not that the body is weak. That is what the mind does not want. Most of us know this. Most people have felt this way at least once in their career. Is there any way to overcome the dread of going to work every day?
I’m not sure I have an absolute solution, but these are some of the strategies I’ve personally tried in my years of experience:
What should you do when you dread going to work?
If you dread going to work, do these four things:
- Don’t dwell
- Find the source of your fear
- Don’t look for perfection
- Think about the work of an educator
Is it normal to be afraid it works?
Yes, it’s totally normal to dread going to work. If you wake up and can’t bear the thought of working, take a mental health day. If the feeling lasts for days, weeks, or even months, it could be a sign that it’s time to look for a new job.
Before you decide to quit your job and find a new one, try these four things…
Do not worry
Don’t let the Monday blues or “dreading going to work” syndrome become your dominant thought. Yes, I know that’s easier said than done. But you have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is your thought process.
The more you think about how much you dread work, the more deeply you will reflect on that feeling. Stop thinking about it. Take that thought and focus your thoughts on something else.
Find the source of your fear
Identify the source of your fear. Otherwise, you won’t be able to overcome it. Don’t complain if you don’t know what you’re complaining about.
Why do you dread going to work? Is it because of your coworkers, your boss, your work routine, your pay, or your commute?
Write down all the reasons and see if you can solve them. I am sure that resignation has crossed your mind. But before we do, let’s see if there’s a way to alleviate your sense of dread. We can’t expect life to be perfect, or work to be perfect, for that matter.
Look not for perfection
As I mentioned above, life is not perfect. Why should there be work? Accept that things being imperfect is how they work. If you expect perfect resources, perfect partners, perfect leaders, perfect processes, then you are in for a shock.
There can never be a perfect system, a perfect factory and a perfect office wherever you work. Because, believe me, no matter how high your pay is, it can always be higher; No matter how good your colleagues are, they can always be better; And no matter how understanding your boss is, they can always be better.
Don’t look for perfection if you don’t want to dread going to work. Look for adaptability – adaptability on your part. What can you do to make the work environment better?
Consider working as an educator
Have you ever thought that the process of work can also teach us something about life? Think about the work of an educator.
It teaches us that we don’t always have things our way and that life can sometimes mean we have to do things we don’t like or even enjoy. But it is only temporary and we have a choice to do something about it.
Use this experience of fear as your teacher. What does it teach you? Ask and answer and you will immediately see this experience in a different light.
There is something you can do about the feelings of dread that come with thinking about work. Don’t be afraid of it. Sit back and make an action plan about it. Once you start working on a plan to spread it, you’ll feel better, even if the plan doesn’t work in the long run.
Remember, every job is temporary. You will soon pass this difficult path in your career.
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This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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