It’s work tomorrow and that doesn’t feel good. Actually it feels terrible. How did it get to be like this? Somehow you went from passion to the pits almost without
When the shoe feels like it doesn’t fit
I was reading about Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz, a major social media player. He talks extensively in his blog about the impact of depression on his role as business leader at his company: http://moz.com/rand/long-ugly-year-depression-thats-finally-fading/
As a counsellor, one of the most interesting statements in his blog, for me, was ‘I feel like what my Dad always told me I was – a high potential, low achiever kinda kid.’
How anxiety is a mask for other feelings
Anxiety is a powerful feeling which can grip you in all sorts of ways. It also masks other deeper feelings below. As a counsellor, I’m curious about what lies behind anxiety and depression because generally that’s where the work of counseling really starts.
Whether it’s fear, unbearable sadness, anger or another feeling, if you don’t attend to it enough, you can end up acting out our anxiety and deeper feelings in extreme ways. Addiction and compulsion, whether sexual, work, alcohol, shopping or drugs are all repetitive ways of trying to quell the anxiety which masks a far more terrifying feeling, which often can not be named as it is so deeply buried and hidden.
Pain, crisis and ultimately failure can be seen as wonderful bittersweet gifts from your unconscious, telling you this life can not continue to be lived in this way. Something needs to change; you might not know what, or how, but there is a voice from within imploring you to make a shift.
Need to find a way through your difficulties at work?
If you’re feeling like you’ve run aground at work, why not book an introductory counselling session? It can provide a safe place to explore and connect with that voice that’s saying change is needed.