5 Tips For Dealing With Work Anxiety
There’s a big difference between work anxiety and typical stress, although the two are often confused.
When you’re dealing with work anxiety, you might experience symptoms such as insomnia, a dry mouth, shoulder pain, and many other physical symptoms that show up differently for everyone.
What’s more, the symptoms persist even when you’re not working or exposed to a stressful situation.
Overcoming anxiety is not easy and unfortunately, it doesn’t disappear overnight.
However, there are some things you can do to deal with your work anxiety that will help you feel better and prevent long-term consequences.
1. Physical Exercise
Whether it’s yoga, pilates, or boxing, physical exercise can make a huge difference in managing your anxiety.
When you suffer from anxiety, you become disconnected from your body, so you’re not aware that you’re not breathing right or that you’re holding onto tension in your muscles. But when you work out, you must reconnect with your body. This allows you to escape your anxious thoughts, even if it’s just for an hour.
Other benefits of exercise include:
• Less muscle tension
• Your body produces more anti-anxiety chemicals such as serotonin.
2. Change Your Environment
Regardless of whether you’re working from home or not, changing the scenery is important for your mental health.
Explore the outdoors with friends or family, since spending time in nature can lower stress, even if it’s just for an hour or two. If you’re not a huge nature fan, perhaps you can plan a day trip to a nearby town over the weekend to blow off steam.
3. Take A Vacation
When you’re dealing with work anxiety, you might find it hard to book time off and take a longer vacation. What if something urgent happens when you’re away?
The answer is – it doesn’t matter. Your work will handle it, and you shouldn’t deprive yourself of vacation time just because of imaginary scenarios.
Even a week off work can help you decompress and manage your anxiety symptoms.
4. Use mood-tracking apps
There are numerous mental health apps out there that can help you keep track of your symptoms, allowing you to better understand your triggers and patterns.
Make sure to log your mood even when you’re feeling good – this can serve as an excellent reminder that anxiety is not permanent and that you will feel better.
5. Start Job-Hunting
Many people experience work anxiety due to a terrible boss or uncooperative team members.
However, it’s also possible that your work (and not other people) is causing your anxiety, and it’s important to make this distinction. In this case, it’s best to start looking for another job that will be better suited to your abilities.
Trust me – work anxiety doesn’t make you an incompetent person, it just means that you’re not suited for the particular job you’re doing right now.
Although work anxiety can be a terrible experience, it can also help redirect you to the job of your dreams. When you realize what kind of work doesn’t suit you, you’re able to better frame your job search.
Finally, I’d like to point out that you don’t have to apply all of these strategies. Take some time to figure out what works best for you and your schedule. The most important thing is to be proactive about managing your anxiety symptoms so that your mental and physical health doesn’t get worse.
Author bio: Aida Knezevic is a digital media content creator and personal development enthusiast. Her blog, A Glass Box Of Emotion, is home to all of her musings on emotional wellbeing, relationships, and mindset.