HSW 13: Gratitude For Your Shift Working Job with Leonie Waterhouse.

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Healthy Shift Worker Podcast Episode 13:

Working shift work is a tough gig, and it certainly comes with a price – be it physically, mentally and/or emotionally.

But it’s not all bad, and this week Audra chat’s with Qantas Customer Service Agent Leonie Waterhouse who has had a pretty tough journey over the last 15 years or so, both in and outside the workplace.

However despite these challenges, Leonie maintains a mindset of gratitude for her shift working job, which is so refreshing and truly inspiring!

Gratitude. The Simplest Solution For Shift Worker Unhappiness.

Are you unhappy in your current shift working job? Do you dread going into work each day knowing that you just don’t want to be there?

If so, then I might just have the answer for you.

It’s called gratitude.

You see whenever you’re feeling frustrated and jaded at work – this puts you in a negative frame of mind which inadvertently adds to your fatigue and overall feeling of unhappiness.

How you think at work can have a huge impact on your energy levels– or more appropriately, your lack of energy.

We all know that shift work is physically demanding on our bodies. OK let’s not kid ourselves here – it’s absolutely exhausting.

But if your attitude and mindset about work is in the wrong place to begin with, then you are only adding to your fatigue and overall feeling of unhappiness. It’s a bit like being around a really negative person all of the time – they sap your energy big time!

So the next time you feel disgruntled about work, instead of saying, “I have to go to work today,” change it to “I get to go to work today”.

Because so many of us today focus on all of the negative things and on what we don’t have in our lives, as opposed to what we do have.

We feel that our lives would be better if we drove a certain type of car, lived in a certain area or neighbourhood, wore certain types of clothes and so on.

We essentially forget to live in the moment – that is, being grateful for what we already have in our lives instead of focussing on all that we don’t have.

So the next time you’re feeling a bout of ‘shift worker unhappiness’ coming on, I want you to remember that there are many people around the world who would just love to be able to “go into work”. Unfortunately for them, they may not have a job to go too or their ill health prevents them from doing so.

Gratitude in life is everything. When you begin to shift your thinking into a more grateful one, your shift working job and everything else in your life will begin to improve for the better.

Try it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The One Secret To A Happy Life

If you were to ask me what the one secret to a happy life is – it’s called Gratitude.

Because quite simply, without gratitude there will be no happiness in your life.

For most people, they tend to focus on what they don’t have and just mellow in self pity. You see if you focus on being grateful for what you already have in your life – then you will actually attract more of this.

So stop focusing on what isn’t happening in your life – and focus on the things that you can be grateful for because this will help you to enjoy a much more fruitful and happy life!