25/03/20204 min read

How Does Anxiety Affect Your Work?

Before we go in details about how anxiety affects your work environment, we have to first break down what anxiety is in the human body itself? 

Anxiety is your body natural way of responding to stress.

When you are faced with situations that are new and unfamiliar, normal feelings of fear may arise.

You also may notice changed on a mental level, particularly in how difficult it becomes to keep your thoughts on task.

This is often evident in moments when you have to give a presentation: Have you ever lost your train of thoughts in the midst of the presentation? That is because anxiety steps in full force and physical reactions takes over. Basically, the mind shuts down, as if your internal circuit breakers blew. 

When dealing with work anxiety, you may have trouble trying to concentrate on your work.

You may also shift from one task to another and have a hard time settling down.

You begin to feel restless and this behaviour may impact other people on your team or in your department. 

When these fear-based emotions reach their peak, they can act as a time bomb. We usually see these employees overwhelmed with work or succumbing to aggression in order to release their anxiety… 

As a result, not only does your work suffer but so do your professional relationships. 

So How Do You Cope with Anxiety With Work?

Now that we know what work anxiety is, we can dig into how to stop it. Fortunately, for many of us, the idea of a work-life balance is no longer a taboo subject.

With all of that in mind, it is still imperative that you find what works for you. Anxiety may present itself when you least expect it, even if you’ve worked hard to keep it away.  Please remember that your mental health is an ongoing journey. 

Try Taking Breaks Throughout The Day 

Taking breaks throughout your day is necessary.

This will allow you to disconnect from your task for a brief moment, to give your mind some much-needed rest and reset.  Consider setting a timer on your phone every few hours.

Then, when your alarm goes off, try to take a quick walk around your office or go outside if you have more time. Do something other than work. Close your eyes, meditate for a few minutes, listen to your favourite song. 

Try To Switch Your Coffee For Something Else

While your favourite Starbucks drink may be your only choice to boost your productivity, it will cause you to crash throughout your workday.

While you may not want to cut coffee altogether, you can supplement your hydration.

Try drinking more water. Fill your water bottle as much as you can or maybe add some lemon if you can for some zest and it helps to detox the body as well. 

Get A Quality Sleep At Night

This is really the key to coping with work anxiety, or any form of anxiety that you might have for that matter.

Lack of good, quality sleep is related to anxiety as it causes hyperactivity and restlessness, both of which keep you from focusing on your work effectively. 

Ensure that you get at least 7-8 hours of rest. 

Reach Out For Help 

If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out to your managers or any trust-worthy co-workers. just speaking about how you are feeling can help get things off your chest and make you feel better.

Be Honest 

Be practical for the deadlines that you either set for yourself or agree to, there are only so many hours in the day and after all, we are only humans. 

There should be boundaries that need to be drawn around what we can and cannot do. Work anxiety really rises when we say yes to everything and then realise we can’t complete it all. In order to stop this from manifesting, start to draw a line around work that you actually can do.  It is okay to say no, and it does not make you a lazy or an unproductive employee. It makes you work smarter. 

Anxiety is real, anxiety is our body’s way of reacting to stress. The most common places where we experience stress is at work. So, be sure to check up on your work colleagues and also yourself. 

During this rough patch, we should all stay united and show more effort and care for our fellow colleagues.