Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in the world. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 260 million people struggle with anxiety worldwide. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that over 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders like panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and workplace anxiety disorder.
Workplace culture has become quite tough on mental health for the past few years with the bad economy and cutthroat competition. According to research, around 56% of the people suffering from anxiety deal specifically with fear and performance anxiety at work.
How Workplace Anxiety Impacts Life
Workplace anxiety can be extremely detrimental to your life and your career. If left untreated, it can create serious problems such as:
- Destroyingprofessional relationships
- Resulting in missed opportunities for better earning capacity or career advancement
- Making you feel inept at work and home
- Making you indulge in self-doubt and as if you constantly need to hide your weaknesses from your colleagues and superiors
- Causing you to miss out on fun company events or chances to grow as a professional
- Preventing you from sharing ideas, trying new things, or reaching your full potential due to fear of failure or looking silly.
Eliminating Workplace Anxiety
Here are some proven strategies to help you channel your anxiety or reduce it and improve your mental health:
Recognize the Symptoms and Acknowledge the Importance of Good Mental Health
The first step to overcome workplace anxiety is by learning to recognize the symptoms.Look for troubling signs such as avoiding work, procrastinating, being annoyed, or short-tempered that indicate an underlying anxiety disorder. Once you know what to look for, you can acknowledge the problem and deal with it. Many people overlook mental health for fear of appearing weak. However, it is imperative to understand the importance of good mental health to succeed in any aspect of life.
Avoid Toxic Co-Workers
Toxic people are everywhere, and they thrive on making others feel bad about themselves. Learn to recognize the signs of toxic people and try to avoid them, whether at work or at home. Look for signs such as a lack of empathy, unappreciative management, and rigid bosses who aren’t open to new ideas. Try to decrease your interaction with such people or change your job if there is too much negativity and pressure in the workplace.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Asking for help doesn’t mean you are weak or incompetent. It reflects your willingness to learn and grow and shows maturity on your part. When the workload is too hectic, it becomes too easy to just say “yes” even though you don’t fully understand the task. However, the initial discomfort of asking for assistance can save you from a lot of anxiety in the long run.
Set Achievable Deadlines
Missed deadlines are one of the most common occurrences resulting from workplace anxiety. According to research, more than half of the workforce in the United States has experienced anxiety due to deadlines. What’s worse is that anxiety causes people to agree to deadlines they cannot meet in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle. Being honest upfront to others and yourself about the work you can do, and setting achievable deadlines can save you a lot of anxiety and help you finish the work on time.
Don’t Bring Your Work Home
Once you are home, you should avoid talking about work. Your home is a sanctuary where you come at the end of the day to relax and unwind. Our minds perceive our home as a safe space where you can do whatever you want with no deadlines or stubborn managers bossing you around. Go off the grid by turning off your smartphone, and don’t allow your work to disrupt your home life. Learn to keep your personal and professional lives separate to reduce workplace anxiety.
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