Sunday Dreads Blog series

“Give me your description of that feeling you get the night before you work or go in for a shift.”

I recently put this statement out to a few Physician Only Facebook groups I participate in as I want to help others with the Sunday Dreads (or another name is Sunday scaries).

Here’s a few:

  • It is so hard to relax and enjoy the time off because of the impending doom that is Monday. I sometimes have to mentally regroup so I don’t waste the time off.
  • “Ugh!!” just generally like, “do I have to go back?” Then I remember, “I have bills to pay.”
  • Pit in my stomach. Anxious. Want to run away… Not every Sunday but some
  • Every Sunday, I am irritable. Short with my children. Tearful with my spouse. After everyone else goes to bed, I spend each Sunday night looking for jobs on LinkedIn. I fear the grass isn’t greener on the other side. I think of all the people (family, patients) who would be disappointed if I chose to walk away. I end up in a worse mood than when I started, and resign myself to the fact that I am going to have to go to work Monday morning. I can make it through one more week, right?

Can you relate?

Over the next few blogs I post, I will be walking you through:

  • Identifying what’s making your life so miserable (as Sunday Dreads are only a symptom of a large problem)
  • Finding joy in the middle of the sh*t show
  • Moving towards your ideal work

So tell me YOUR answer to “Give me your description of that feeling you get the night before you work or go in for a shift” and join me through this series!

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Errin Weisman DO

Errin Weisman, DO is the self-proclaimed wellness guru on Authentic Medicine. She is a life coach, podcaster and fierce advocate for wellness in medicine. She faced professional burnout early in her career and speaks openly about her story in order to help others, particularly female physicians and working moms, know they are not alone. Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three.You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website or hang out with her on social media @truthrxs. Her podcast is “Doctor Me First”. 

  4 comments for “Sunday Dreads Blog series

  1. arthur gindin MD
    July 29, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I had the same problem. I worked as a neurosurgeon for 30 years until it hurt (all over) when did my last “Cloward.” I retired when I was about 63. Fortunately my wife had raised my disability policy a few years before and we had enough to live. The kids had all graduated from “big 10 schools”. I had stocks invested in AIS stocks and am still living on those. Good luck.

  2. Pat
    July 29, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Interesting to see how the Facebook responses you got could apply to almost any job.

    I think that’s key: the majority of physicians, I believe, went into this job thinking it would be fun, in the most serious sense. And for many, many it is simply preferable to unemployment and bankruptcy, nothing special after all.

  3. Deborah Sutcliffe
    July 29, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    3 years ago, I was always in dread- of Mondays, of my phone ringing, even though I was a self-employed family doc who still admits. At 53, I was miserable and still paying my student loans (as well as trying to pay for my kids college tuitions!). After years of dreaming, I made a leap into DPC, scared shitless, but seeing no other viable alternative. Now, I practice slow medicine, on my terms and am happy as a clam! We, as physicians, MUST reclaim control, if any of us are to survive.

  4. Rick
    July 29, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    You kidding? I start stressing out when I wake up Saturday morning and the weekend starts counting down to Monday. This makes Friday night the most relaxing, most pleasant of the weekend. I try to make the best of it. What do I normally do on Friday evening? Crash and burn from the week! LOL

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