When you’re getting up in the morning to prepare for work and you’re really preparing for battle. You hate it, you dread it, you can’t stand it, you want to quit but you can’t afford it…it all feels impossible. You become inward, you talk less, you become paranoid, doubt is constant, you think it’s you, everyone else seems fine, no one wants me here, I’m doing the wrong job, these people think I’m weird, I don’t fit. Everything is worse and everything is bottled up. There’s too much to do, not enough time, everyone is pulling at me. I get it – I’ve been there more times than I realize. One thing consistently got me INTO these places – I closed down and stopped talking to people about how I was feeling. I believed the negativity that no one wanted to listen to me whine and no one wanted to hear my woes.
One thing consistently got me OUT of those places – talking. I think I heard someone call it ‘Talk Therapy’. It’s up there with aromatherapy, shopping therapy, movie therapy, and our favorite sugar therapy. EVERYONE needs a chance to vent, whine, complain… get it off our chests. Think of it as an onion – the outer layers are the annoyances, the moles we grow into mountains. If you can get those out of the way, they reveal the bigger issues that are the real issues. Maybe we don’t feel valued, maybe we are in the wrong position, maybe the office is too toxic – you can’t even look at those unless you vent and whine and complain.
Talk therapy. People see different parts of us and different parts of our situation – they can provide real insight. Or bullshit – it’s up to you. It’s not only therapists (although they’re pretty good at it). Even water cooler conversations can lead you into some great conversations.
Example: If you are not sure if you’re the only one frustrated – use open ended conversation starters…. “I was surprised at how <<the boss>> handled that call yesterday.” You don’t have to say you were happy or sad or disappointed or disgusted. Find out what the other people feel – the more people in the group the better. Your use of ‘surprised’ will be the perfect opener to make the others feel like you agree with them – whatever they feel. You will most likely find people who agree with you that you can commiserate with – it will help BOTH of you feel a lot better. And maybe you’ll find a new friend at work – the best possible outcome.