Managing Anxiety in the Workplace
Jess Hines, Chief Blogger, and various
Take a break.
I worry about everything and although my fears may seem irrational to many, they are very real to me. I often worry that my boss isn’t happy with my work and that my co-workers don’t like me. So, when my anxiety gets the best of me, I try to remove myself from the situation for a bit and find do something that makes me happy. It’s amazing what laughing over lunch with a friend can do for your soul.
Organize, organize, organize.
I like to organize and plan as much of my life as possible, so I feel I have some control when the chaos strikes. At work, I make lists of everything that needs to get done. Removing tasks from my lists helps me feel productive.
Have a ‘feel good’ file.
I question everything I do in life and rarely feel “good enough.” That’s not self-depreciation; that’s living with anxiety. When I turn in an assignment, I dread my boss’s response. For days like these, I turn to my “feel good file.” It’s a folder of emails and letters I’ve received over the years from people complimenting my work or thanking me for a job well done. Sometimes you just need a reminder!
Ask for help.
When work piles up, I often think coming in early, working through lunch and avoiding breaks will help. It doesn’t. And forcing myself to walk away is difficult. This is an area where I still struggle, but I try to leave on time every evening, so I can have dinner with my family. And I’m learning to ask for help. When I have too much on my plate, I now tell my boss and hope that we can find a solution.
Kate Kalil, Manager of Innovation Excellence for Sales Strategy and Planning
Getting stressed at work happens for everyone, but the intensity of working in corporate America can be overwhelming for those who already cope with anxiety. For me, things like disorganization, impractical expectations, hierarchical roadblocks, extremely large meetings, work/life imbalance, and process or procedure inefficiencies can trigger anxious behaviors. When situations like that arise, it really helps to do one or more of the following:
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Published October 11, 2018.
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