Dread Going To Work? How To Deal With The Feeling

You dread going to work. Every morning is the same - you have to drag yourself out of bed. It’s not that the body is weak, it's that the mind is not willing. Most of us know that. Many people have felt that way at least at one point in their careers. Related: #1 Reason You Hate Work (And How You Can Fix It) Is there a way of overcoming the dread of going to work everyday? I am not sure if I have the absolute solution, but these are some of the strategies I have personally tried in my years of experience:


1. Don't Dwell

Do not let the “dread going to work” syndrome become your dominant thought. Yes, I know it is easier said than done. But you have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is your thought. The more you think about how much you dread work, the deeper it will dwell into your thought. Stop thinking about it. Take that thought out and focus your thought on something else.

2. Locate The Source Of Your Dread

Find out the source of your dread. Otherwise, you will not be able to tackle it. Do not complain if you do not know what you are complaining about. Why do you dread going to work? Is it because of your colleagues, your boss, your routine work, your pay, or the traffic? Write all the reasons down and see if you can tackle them. I am sure resignation has crossed your mind. But before you do that, let’s see if there is a way of solving it. We cannot expect life to be perfect and work to be perfect for that matter.

3. Seek Not Perfection

Life is not perfect. Why should work be? Accept that things being imperfect are how things work. If you expect perfect colleagues, perfect bosses, perfect resources, or perfect processes, then you are in for a shock. There can never be a perfect system, perfect factory, and perfect office wherever you work. Because, trust 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, he can always be better. Seek not perfection if you do not want to dread going to work. Seek adaptation - adaptation from yourself. What can you do to make the work environment better?

4. Think Of Work As A Pedagogue

Ever think that the process of work can also teach us something about life? Think of work as a pedagogue. It teaches us that we do not always have things our way, and that life can sometimes mean having to do things we do not like or even enjoy. But it's only temporary, and we have a choice of doing something about it. Use this experience of dreading work 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 feeling of "dread going to work." Do not fear it. Sit down calmly and have an action plan to tackle it. When you start working on a plan to diffuse it, you will feel better - even if the plan does not work. This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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