Anxiety at Work

 In Behaviour, Stress Management

Dealing With Anxiety At Work

It can be overwhelming to feel anxiety when things don’t go your way at work. Although it may not be constant anxiety that causes you to feel anxious about work, it is helpful to find out more about these issues.

Work anxiety refers to a type of emotional distress that is associated with the anticipation or real pain you will experience at work. It is common for many people to experience it, and there are many ways to deal with it.

Negative effects of work anxiety can be caused by it. To prevent negative outcomes for both employees and employers, it must be addressed. There are many things you can do at work to reduce stress and anxiety.

What Can Increase Anxiety?

  • Stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand, and an increase of workload can lead to both. You may feel overwhelmed or incompetent and fearful that you won’t have the ability to handle the work you’ve been given.
  • Arguments with others are never fun. If you find yourself in a dispute with a colleague or just not getting along with other people at work, it could cause anxiety about going to work.
  • Everyone wants to do well at what they do. Performance reviews can be very stressful. Performance anxiety is common. You may worry that you won’t do a good job, or that you will be fired.
  • It can be difficult to let go of relationship problems. This could lead you to bring anxiety into your work environment. You may find yourself unable to concentrate on work and your quality suffers.
  • It’s normal to feel anxious about your job if you have money problems. Unwelcome thoughts may arise about your job being lost or not being able pay any debt.
  • Your anxiety disorder symptoms may be exacerbated by work-related issues. This could lead to more irrational worries, such as losing your job, poor performance at work, or paranoia about your coworkers.

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It’s easy to say yes to work even when it’s chaotic. Even if you don’t know how to do something most of us will say yes to tasks provided by our managers. It is worth the discomfort to ask for clarification or help though as this can reduce anxiety and stress about your responsibilities. Plus your superiors will notice that you care about your job by asking for assistance.

Talking to trusted coworkers can be helpful as they may relate to your anxiety and sympathise with you. Talking to someone you trust such as a friend, family member, or a mental health professional is a good option. Talking to someone about anxiety can help you deal with these intense emotions. It can also be helpful if they are supportive and understanding. You might get some ideas or tips from them to help you deal with your anxiety.

Time Management

Time management is a skill that can be learned. Prioritise your work and make to-do lists. All tasks and projects should be completed in the allotted time.

Prepare and plan. Start major projects as soon as possible. You can set mini-deadlines. Plan ahead and prevent problems.

Get Organised

Keep your organisation in order. Even though clearing out your desk and computer may not be a priority, organisation will pay off in the long-term.

You can organise your work tasks using a to-do listing that includes breaks. Reward yourself after completing a few tasks. This can motivate you to do the tasks you would otherwise not be able to.

Self-Care

Make sure you take time to be with your family outside of work. You can take lunch breaks and enjoy a meal with people outside your workplace. Take a walk outside during breaks. To get out of an emotional rut, change your surroundings. It is normal to feel anxious at work. You might feel anxious or afraid about giving a presentation or preparing for a performance review. If it becomes a real problem and is affecting your work performance it is good to do something about it.

Track your stressors. You can keep a journal for up to a week to track which stressors are most prevalent and how you react to them. Keep a journal to record your thoughts, feelings and information about the environment. This includes the people and circumstances, the physical setting and how you responded. Did you raise your voice? Do you want to get a snack from the vending machines? Take a walk. You can take notes to help you identify patterns in your stressors, and your responses.

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