Managing anxiety in the workplace
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
Anxiety is something I’ll tackle a lot in this blog. But for now, let’s talk about anxiety at work. Anxiety manifests differently for everyone, but for me I tend to have frequent panic attacks when I’m feeling overwhelmed or unsure of what I’m doing, i.e. a new project, leading a meeting, or just when it feels like too much has been put on my plate. I even at time feels anxious the minute I wake up, thinking about everything I have to accomplish that day. So, here are a few tips that have helped me in my every day battle with anxiety.
1. Start the day with mindfulness
- Listen to a podcast – one’s that speak positivity, encouragement, and self-care. Some of my favorites are: hey, girl. by Alex Elle; Brené Brown's: Unlocking Us; Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations.
- Workout! Even if it’s just a morning walk in the neighborhood – get your body moving and the blood flowing.
- Prayer + meditation. Take a few quiet moments to yourself to get your mind right before you tackle the day.
2. Take frequent walks throughout the day
I do this a lot. It’s important to take a break from your desk to clear your mind for a few minutes. And don't feel guilty about it! If you stare at a computer all day like I do, it's a good idea to get up and move around every few hours.
3. Have a healthy work/life balance
Most importantly, this is imperative to managing our anxiety when it comes to work. I hardly ever bring work home, and I don't answer emails after I leave the office; my motto is ‘what doesn’t get done today will get done tomorrow.’ I also leave whatever stress, frustrations, or negative thoughts about work, at work. Bringing that energy back into my home, my place of peace will do no good to my mental health.