Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

Anxiety can affect many aspect of our lives, including our employment. And if workplace anxiety isn’t addressed, it has the potential to negatively impact our careers.

For example, if a promotion would require you to interact more with clients/customers, give more presentations, or take more business trips and you feel stressed at the prospect of having to take on those tasks—you may be more likely to turn down the advancement (as well as the salary increase that would accompany it). Likewise, if you have social anxiety, you may be less likely to chat with your coworkers in the break room and attend office parties, which could prevent you from building a valuable network.

If you regularly experience anxiety while you’re at work, you may want to try:

  • Keeping your work area and your email inbox organized and free of clutter
  • Making prioritized to-do lists and scheduling enough time to complete each of your tasks
  • Letting your coworkers know if you don’t have the capacity to take on additional work
  • Asking for help when you begin feeling overwhelmed
  • Scheduling vacation time (even if you don’t have travel plans, a staycation can help you relax and clear your mind)
  • Taking quick breaks whenever you start to feel anxious (for example, performing breathing exercises at your desk or taking a walk around the building)
  • Leading a healthy lifestyle (for example, eating nutritious foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising (light exercise counts!), and getting quality sleep each night)

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If you’re having difficulty managing anxiety at work, at home, or in other aspects of your life, we can help. Our compassionate therapists have extensive experience supporting individuals experiencing anxiety. We provide support tailored to your specific needs. Contact us to learn more about our practice and schedule a meet and greet or a standard session today!