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I'm feeling the same anxious nervous that I felt last year about working. I get these feelings of dread about the phone ringing and going to schools. I also feel really tired and am not sleeping well. So even if I say yes to a shift the day before, I usually have a shit sleep and then I call in the morning saying I'm unwell and can't work. 

I've questioned whether I'm in the right career, but when I think about doing other jobs I feel just as anxious about working, so I don't think it will matter what I do. Has Anyone encountered this or even has a very good suggestion to cope? Your help is important!

FerdyPro's picture

Are you able to help me?

Jollymom's picture

You seem to be exhausted or burnt out. You can't be productive if you are in that stage. Unwind, relax, take a long walk, appreciate nature, exercise and eat your happy food. Take off your mind work-related things. Then you'll see you will have a good sleep. 

How are you doing now? 

jrb3's picture

... as there's so many possible influences.

I've seen this in a fair number of early-career folks, those who are resisting their parents or their real purpose in life or other social expectations, frustrated entrepreneurs, people with undiagnosed medical or mental-health issues, guys with unrealistic expectations or misunderstood advice from mentors, self-inflicted disruption of necessary life rhythms (my usual failing!), and sufferers of incompetent and/or incompatible co-workers or systems.  No idea if any of these fit your situation, or what else might be up.

I know when I'm having trouble like this, I put pen to paper to capture what I can.  I don't throw any of it out until I feel I've restabilized, since I have found useful clues about my values (and how they reorder) hidden within my rants.

Right now, in my own spot of ennui, I somehow find the 'equation' "happiness = reality - expectations" insightful.  Focusing down especially on the "reality" part helps me ask sharper questions of myself, which can lead to useful experiments (more data, yes, I'm high-C, how'd you guess? :-) and occasional solutions.

Hope this helps you point yourself in a good direction ....

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FerdyPro's picture

I think it is, thank you for your encouragement to people. 

ZITTER's picture

I recommend to focus on things you can do and what makes you happy. If that is too much for you to handle, quit. And find another job.

Arbitta's picture

If you are unhappy with your work, better look for another job that will make you productive. 

Amanager's picture

I agree, it is not healthy for you anymore.