Everyone at some time feels out of place at work or anxious, it is only when these feelings control you and prevent you from functioning in your usual actions that it becomes a severe problem. When someone is suffering from workplace anxiety, productivity declines and they cannot contribute efficiently, which only adds to the fear and anxiety. It is important to identify the problem and managing it before it manages you.
Workplace anxiety has many faces such as general anxiety disorder, phobias, social anxiety and panic disorder. Symptoms can include the following:
- Trouble in accepting negative feedback
- Avoiding social situations
- Irrational fears
- Difficulty in focusing on responsibilities
Workplace anxiety affects everyone in a different way; therefore, it cannot be handled in precisely the same way. But there are many ways to improve your ability to deal with anxiety. Some examples are:
- Positive thinking
- Keeping a journal
- Set up achievable goals
- Have a “Me” place you can go
- Make sure to get enough sleep
- Talk with family and friends
- Start small and build on to bigger challenges
- Exercise and eating healthy
Anxiety will not just go away by merely disregarding the problem. It can only be ignored for so long. Even if the whole problem cannot be faced immediately, we can start accepting them as something we need to deal with today.
Everyone gets nervous now and then, such as finishing a project, taking a test, making a speech or teaching a class. Nerves cause mild symptoms, but they do not encumber your performance. Anxiety goes beyond that, because the symptoms interfere with your capability to perform. It is important to be able to differentiate the two and is a significant step to managing anxiety symptoms successfully.
Anxiety is not just a feeling, but can be a physical disorder. The most frequent physical indications are queasiness, headaches, muscle spasms and an increased heart rate.
Anxiety can have positive characteristics linked with it as well. While the mental and physical symptoms can be debilitating at times, it can also alert us to something that is wrong and prepares our body for the fight or flight response.
Many triggers to anxiety can come on unexpectedly while others are expected and familiar. Knowing your own anxiety triggers can avoid them from occurring. If the trigger is not known, you may have to find ways to just find your feet around it. Some common triggers for people are:
- Keeping feelings bottled up
- The fear of the unknown
- Trying to be perfect at all times
- Public speaking
Unfortunately, there are times when anxiety can be too overpowering to resolve alone. Learn what your limits are and how to handle it on your own. There are self-help techniques and methods that will help you manage your anxiety, but sometimes you just have to realize that you need assistance and guidance from others in order to help yourself.