Managing Stress And Anxiety At Work
Stress in the workplace happens. But when that stress is persistent, irrational, overwhelming, and impairs daily functioning, it may indicate an anxiety disorder.
Keep these ideas in mind to keep your work life manageable:
- Work! In addition to financial reasons, it can be important for your self-esteem.
- Tell a trusted coworker. Knowing that someone accepts your condition can be comforting.
- Educate yourself. Learn to recognize the symptoms of your disorder and how to handle them if you experience any at work.
- Practice time management. Make to-do lists and prioritize your work.
- Plan and prepare. Start working on projects as early as possible and set mini-deadlines for yourself.
- Be realistic. Don't overcommit or offer to take on projects you don't realistically have time for.
- Ask for help. If you're feeling overwhelmed, as a coworker for help.
- Take breaks. A walk around the block or a few minutes of deep breathing can help clear your mind.
- Set boundaries. Try not to bring work home with you.
- Take advantage of employer resources and benefits. Your workplace may offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), discounts to gyms, or skill-building courses.
- Be healthy. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and limit caffeine and alcohol.
- Savor success. Celebrate your good work before moving on to the next project.