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Managing Your Anxiety At Work

by Eula Skiles(more info)

listed in anxiety, originally published in issue 282 - November 2022

 

Anxiety is everywhere. No matter who you are, or where you are, anxiety can affect anyone. This is especially true at work. While avoiding anxiety at work isn’t feasible, you can still manage stress so that you can do your very best. In this brief guide, we will explore the causes of anxiety at work, and then we will show you some helpful tips on managing anxiety.

 

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The Causes

First, there are many things that can trigger anxiety when you’re at work. Here are just some of the causes of anxiety at the workplace:

Performance

“Performance anxiety is very common in the workplace, no matter the industry,” says Seamus Rylander, a business writer at Research papers UK and Writinity. “When you have to complete a project by a certain timeframe, this can affect your performance and well-being. But the good news is, this form of anxiety is short-lived once you complete the project or presentation, or build enough confidence.”

The Sense Of Urgency

Urgency is something that can happen in the workplace. Whether it’s time to make important business decisions or managing some form of crisis, the sense of urgency can trigger one’s anxiety. If left unchecked, it can lead to anxiety disorders.

Generalized Anxiety

Generally, just regular anxiety can cause a plethora of problems: stress, performance pressure, perfectionism, and burnout. For some people, this can happen on a daily basis. And, if left unchecked, these symptoms will only worsen and develop into disorders.

 

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6 Helpful Tips

The good news is, you’re not alone. If you suspect that anxiety is causing hiccups in your work, then now is the time to manage it. While there’s no cure to anxiety, you can still learn to overcome the triggers of anxiety. Therefore, here are six helpful tips on how to manage your anxiety at work:

Have A Good Morning

A good day starts with a good morning. Have a routine for your mornings, and be sure to make it a good morning. And, while you’re at it, have a good breakfast, rather than solely rely on a cup of coffee. You’ll notice that with great planning, good nutrition, and a positive attitude, you’ll feel better at work.

Be Comfortable With Your Work

Next, have a look at your workspace. Does it bring you comfort when you work? Is it enough space for you to work? Is there anything that you’d like to add to your space?

Try some of these ideas to make your workspace more comfortable:

  • Switch out your desk chair for a more comfortable one.
  • Add a couple of nice plants in your workspace.
  • Have some good music playing in the background.
  • Get rid of any distractions in your space.

Don’t Multitask

Multitasking is when you do more than one thing at the same time. Suppose you’re answering emails in your office – only to find yourself also answering a phone call, printing something out, and filing through documents. As you can see, this is not a good way to start your work day. Therefore, try to tackle one thing at a time, if multitasking starts to get overwhelming for you. Prioritize tasks by importance – from urgent to less urgent. The less urgent projects and tasks can be done later, if need be.

 

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Take Breaks Regularly

“Breaks help you recuperate during the day,” says Jenna Larsen, a project manager at Draft Beyond. “When you take a break, it’s important to not only have something to eat if need be, but to also have a change of scenery. Walking or changing up where you take your breaks can help with managing anxiety.”

Remember: No One Is Perfect

Being perfect sounds good on paper, but not in real life. In fact, no one in the world is perfect. While being the “perfect employee” is something you’ll find on TV, social media, and other forms of media, understand that that’s not reality.

So, in the workplace, don’t worry about being perfect. Instead, focus on doing the work. Strive to do your best, and congratulate yourself once the work is done.

Conclusion

Ultimately, anxiety will still be something that you will face at work – or anywhere in general. However, by changing the way you think and taking things one day at a time, you’ll be able to manage stress and perform well in your work. And, if you need additional help for your anxiety, don’t hesitate to seek professional help.

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About Eula Skiles

Eula Skiles is a writer at Dissertation writing service and Lucky Assignments Liverpool. She is also a contributing writer for Gum Essays. As a content writer, she writes articles about stress management, workplace culture, and business trends. In her spare time, she listens to music and reads her favorite mystery books. She may be contacted via skiles.eula@gmail.com 

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