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 having to rotate 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.
When we dread going in to work the next day, it can ruin an otherwise enjoyable time off. This should be our rest and recovery time. It’s sad that our time off can become filled with stress about something that isn’t even happening yet! So, what can we do about that?
Check in with yourself first about that job. If it’s stressing us out to simply 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, we can deal directly with the stress to eliminate or at least reduce it. And we can do that easily with EFT Tapping. Visit my earlier post for a reminder of the tapping point locations and basic recipe.
Below is a general tapping script for feeling ‘stressed when I think about going back to work tomorrow and I feel that in my chest.’ Take a guess right now how intense the stress is on a scale of 0-10, and 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 chest when I remember that I have to go back to work tomorrow, I completely accept myself.”
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: “All this stress.”
Side of the eye: “And I feel it in my chest.”
Under the eye: “All this stress.”
Under the nose: “All this stress about work tomorrow.”
Under the mouth: “All this stress.”
Collar bone: “All this stress in my chest.”
Under the arm: “All this stress.”
Take a slow, deep breath and guess at the intensity of the stressful feeling now.
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 the tapping sequence 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, and let it 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 am safe.”
Stressing out the day before work is very common. 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 more quickly it works. Give yourself the gift of being fully relaxed on your day off!
During that time off, if you haven’t already downloaded it, 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!