To dread something is to anticipate it with great apprehension or fear. This can be my default if I’m not careful. No wonder I feel less joyful sometimes. Anticipation is not a bad. It can be great if it is something you are looking forward to. Even then though, for an anxious person or a planner, dread can creep in. The concern with this is that dread can rob you of your joy long before the event or thing even happens. So, what can you do? Honestly, I’m still working on this one. Being in the present moment is a good place to start though. Breathe! Think about the positive things that could happen. If none of that rings true work on having a recovery toolkit. For me, it’s prayer, meditation, and deep belly laughs. Oh, and a good cry sometimes too. Dread is not entirely avoidable. I’m definitely in the early phase of dread recovery. However, I intend to work on anticipating something good happening instead of expecting the worse even when history has proven otherwise. And to top it off I’m not a fan of labeling things negatively so time to get to work on reframing and changing my focus.