The Night Before Work Blues
Quite a few folks work a typical Monday through Friday shift at various professions and enjoy weekends off. Others work weekend shifts with different days off during the week, maybe even rotating days off. But regardless of work schedule, there is often that dreaded moment when it hits: I have to go to work tomorrow. It might be the night before, it might be earlier during the day before, but there’s some point where the thought of upcoming work might disturb your day off. And that’s not fun.
When you dread going in to work the next day, it can ruin an otherwise enjoyable time off. This should be your rest and recovery time. Sadly, your time off can become filled with stress about something that isn’t even happening yet! So, what can you do about that?
Check in with yourself first about that job. If it’s stressful to think about going to work the next day, is it the right job? Are there alternatives? If the job is actually a good fit, or if there’s no alternative at the moment, you can deal directly with the “pre-work” stress to eliminate or at least reduce it. And you can do that easily with EFT tapping. Visit my earlier post for a reminder of the tapping point locations and the basic recipe.
Below is a very general tapping script for feeling “stressed when I think about going back to work tomorrow and I feel that stress in my body.” If there’s a specific place in your body where you feel the stress, substitute the word “body” with your words. And before you tap, take a guess how intense the stress is on a scale of 0-10, 0 being no stress and all, 10 being maximum stress. Now let’s tap…
Tapping on the side of the hand point, repeat a setup statement three times: “Even though I feel all this stress in my body when I remember that I have to go back to work tomorrow, right now I’m not at work, and I’m okay”
Next, tap on the other points while you say a short reminder phrase about how you are feeling:
Top of the head: “All this stress.”
Eyebrow: “I’m stressed about going to work tomorrow.”
Side of the eye: “And I feel it in my body.”
Under the eye: “All this stress.”
Under the nose: “I should be enjoying my day off,”
Under the mouth: “but I’m stressed about going in tomorrow.”
Collar bone: “All this stress in my body.”
Under the arm: “All this stress.”
Take a slow, deep breath and guess the intensity of the stressful feeling now from 0-10. What changed? Did any other thoughts come up about going to work tomorrow? You may want to write those down to tap on later.
After trying this somewhat general approach, get very specific by substituting with words that describe exactly what you’re feeling, where you’re feeling it in your body, and how intense that feeling is. Repeat a round or two of tapping with your specific words about how you feel until your intensity drops to as close to zero as possible.
As you tap, you might try words to remind yourself that you’re not actually at work yet and that there is no need to stress now. You can try asking your body what it’s trying to tell you. Or you can thank your body for trying to keep you safe by warning you. Let your body know that you’re safe right here and right now. “It’s safe for me to let go of this stress because right here and right now, I’m okay.”
Stressing out the day before work is widespread. AND it’s easy to use EFT tapping to fix that. Try tapping until the stress is reduced or eliminated. The more you practice, the quicker it works. Give yourself the gift of being fully relaxed on your day off. You deserve that!
If you haven’t already downloaded it during your time off, I encourage you to take a minute to download and listen to my free Stress Relief audio. Go from stressed to calm in less than 7 minutes during this guided relaxation. I promise it’s worth your time!
Keep Calm and Tap On!
Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.