6 Tips to say Bye-Bye to Work Anxiety(PT1)

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The word anxiety, is a general term used to describe several disorders. People with anxiety experience situations such as difficulty with problem solving, setting and meeting deadlines, participating in group meetings, and giving or making presentations. Individuals vary depending on their own personal orientation, therefore people handle situations differently.

If you have difficulty managing your stress level, here are some ideas to ponder on for better results.

  1. Do not suppress your anxiety. Anxiety is no joke, and sometimes most people rather push it to the side or try to cover up in order to handle other priorities. However, a sound mind can only bring about efficiency and effectiveness at your job.

The first step should begin with acceptance. According to Dr Marla Deibler (clinical psychologist) “anxiety is showing up to try to bring your attention to something, so let it in when it shows up.”

Telling a friend or a co-worker (you are comfortable with), could serve as a form of acceptance, remember a problem shared is a problem half solved. This would lead to the second option, confront your anxiety. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of confrontations. They make me feel uncomfortable and nobody likes to feel uncomfortable. However, if you have a case of anxiety, I would personally advice you have a ‘sit down talk’ with your problem. By this I mean to say, whatever makes you anxious which you would naturally shy away from, do the opposite and face it head-on. If you are nervous about dancing in public, join a dancing club/ team (some Zumba dance classes are awesome).

Purposely exposing yourself to anxiety would only provoke situations. Instead of avoiding them, facing them helps to change your perception of anxiety which could grow your confidence in these situations. So, if your boss wants you to work over the weekend which may not be beneficial to your mental well-being, confront your superior (respectfully) and kindly decline the offer, as your health should come first!

  1. Educate yourself. As a responsible individual, it is important to educate yourself on the type of problem you have. Awareness and observation could go a long way in managing your condition. Learn to recognize symptoms and how to handle them, (in a case of episodes at work). Pay attention to signs and be observant of the changes you experience whenever you are anxious.

Stay tuned for more information on the second part of this article, remember this is just the first part.

BY: Ifeanyichukwu Okpala

PHOTO CREDIT: https://believe.christianmingle.com/peace-in-an-anxious-world/

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