Having to live with anxiety can mean a daily struggle to stay focused and on track. This is even more so at work, where dealing with anxiety poses its own set of problems. Consider these tips to deal with your anxiety and be more effective at your job.
Try to maintain a daily routine at work that helps you get into the groove and stay focused throughout the day. Some examples include:
Sometimes having a large workload feels overwhelming and can trigger anxiety. Instead of letting it get the better of you, use organizers and checklists that can help you reduce your anxiety. Such as:
Staying fit and healthy never takes a day off. It is important to eat healthy so that your body gets the nutrition it needs. Exercising helps release endorphins, which can have a positive effect on your brain. Consider these tips:
Keeping some fidget items at your desk can be helpful for when you need to do something with your hands. You can grab one when you head into a meeting, or hold something while on a phone call. This could be a squeeze ball, pipe cleaners (remember those from elementary school?), even items as simple as a pen or your coffee mug.
Do you know when anxiety is beginning to creep up on you? If you recognize the warning signs, try to deal with the anxiety before it becomes too much. For instance:
When you are starting to feel stressed at work, try to change your mood by laughing or smiling. Sometimes it can be helpful to find the humor in absurd situations. This can help interrupt your thinking from catastrophizing.
Being able to enjoy your work will make it much easier to handle any anxiety that may happen at your job. You will also be a happier person in general, and have a greater sense of fulfillment. If you don’t like your job, consider making a career change.
Anxiety doesn’t have to overwhelm your life, nor does it have to take over when you are at work. By taking some simple steps, you can deal with anxiety and keep it in check so that you can focus on what’s important.