Nervousness before work
Many people who work only on the weekdays may face an unsettling feeling of stress and anxiety on the weekends before they head back to work. Although it may not be constantly spoken about on a wide scale, when light is shed on these matters, it makes it easier for people to cope with these thoughts and worries. For each person, there may be a variety of reasons why feelings of stress can crop up before going back to work after the weekend. It is a natural and human thought feeling, but reflecting on why we may think in this way can help, even if only slightly, to combat the issue.
For some people, it can start right from the beginning of the weekend. As soon as Friday evening arrives, they will be so overwhelmed with relief at the thought of not having to work on the weekend that they detach themselves completely from it. They unknowingly, actively train their minds to stop themselves as soon as any work-related thought or worry enters their minds during the weekend period.
During the weekend, they focus on relaxing and spending quality time with family and friends that they do not have the chance to speak to during the week. They also may spend time on their hobbies, whether that be reading, watching the television with family, or keeping on top of the household chores. This change in the pattern of tasks can sometimes make the transition between the weekend and weekdays unsettling.
If we ever experience this feeling, as Muslims we should always look to our religion to help us. Of course, we can still look at tips that are secular and not necessarily focused on a particular faith, in the same way that there are countless sources of help for developing productivity and mindfulness. However, we should not forget about how our religion can help us, as it is our way of life.
By reminding ourselves that this life is temporary and a test, we will start to view our jobs for what they really are. We will push ourselves to perceive our jobs as a blessing from Allah, as we use our earnings to provide for ourselves and perhaps our families too.
As well as being a blessing, our jobs are also a test for us. We are tested through every experience we encounter in life, and our jobs are not an exception. Even if we do not realise, the struggles we may face at work or the way we feel when we are working are all a part of the wider test of life. What counts is our reaction to each test, such as whether we bear it with patience or if we lose all hope completely. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.” (Qur’an 2:155)
Therefore, if we feel stress and anxiety before returning to work after the weekend, we should remind ourselves that this is also a test from Allah. We should train ourselves to try hard to change the way we perceive situations like this. Over time, we will be able to cope better.
We will then gradually realise that in reality, we should not feel anxious before returning to work as nothing in this world is permanent. Whether it is a work struggle, family issue, or any other hardship – everything is temporary and test for us. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“The life of this world compared to the hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean.” (Muslim)
Our struggles are a means for us to gain success in the Hereafter. They make us realise that it is only Allah that we can rely on and He will always be there. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” (Bukhari)