By Dr. Karla Evans and Dr. Veronica Tetterton, co-founders of Anticipate Joy
Has your love for your career waned a bit? Are you struggling to connect to your “why”? Indeed, you have been through a lot in the past year. With COVID and the overwhelming demands on you physically, emotionally, and psychologically, it’s not uncommon to lose touch with your purpose and the joy for your career.
We want you to know that you are not alone. You are among others who feel the same. Since we began our partnership with TAFP, one of the common reasons family physicians have sought treatment is due to work overload, stress, and a need to reconnect to the joy of their job and family.
Establishing and revisiting your “why” will give you hope and more optimism about your future, and it will help you realign your professional ambitions and aspirations.
So how do you reconnect with your “why”? We have two simple steps.
Focus on your impact. Too often we lose sight of the impact and positive change we bring to others. That is because we seem to be wired to meditate on the things we wish we could change. To reconnect to your “why,” make it a priority to spend time daily reflecting on the positive impact you brought to someone's life. No matter how small or insignificant it feels to you, your presence, patience, and knowledge positively impacts people in your workplace. Take intentional time to notice your impact each day.
Invest in positive relationships. Whom we work with is as meaningful as what we do. Psychologist Martin Seligman has written extensively on the importance of relationships to happiness and fulfillment – it’s a core element of his “PERMA” model for flourishing. While relationships look different within the workplace than outside of it, they still matter. We would all be served by identifying more ways to develop positive working relationships. Identify a newer or younger employee you would like to empower and offer to help them navigate their career. Take the lead in scheduling an event that will allow you and your colleagues to know one another more fully.
If you need additional help to realign yourself to your purpose and joy, we have licensed mental health providers that can help you at Anticipate Joy. You can access individual therapy sessions at a deeply discounted rate, because TAFP is invested in your long-term wellbeing and your professional success. Take advantage of this TAFP benefit TODAY.
TAFP has purchased a bulk of sessions making online therapy available to you at a significantly reduced rate of $35 per session when you use the TAFP access. These sessions are available for active and resident members.
Access the Anticipate Joy service
5 easy steps to get started
- 1. Get Access. Use the customized scan code or this link to access your organization’s mental health benefits.
- 2. Complete a brief intake. Answer a few questions about you.
- 3. Purchase session(s). Take advantage of the low TAFP member rate. Purchase up to four sessions.
- 4. Select a therapist. Review available therapists using filters and request a therapist that best fits your needs.
- 5. Pick a time. After the therapist approves your request, select an appointment time that works for you and your therapist.