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Dealing with Work Anxiety

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Are you dreading going back to work after the holidays? There are so many aspects of a job that can cause anxiety- having tight deadlines, trying to maintain a work-life balance, dealing with difficult coworkers, meeting expectations, and more. No matter what the root of your work anxiety is, there are ways to cope with it. Some coping mechanisms include having a self care routine, communicating what’s going on to your boss or colleagues, and recognizing that it may be the job itself. It’s also important to celebrate your successes and look for helpful resources when you’re feeling stuck. Read more about the 5 C’s for dealing with work anxiety.

Create a Self Care Routine

When dealing with any kind of anxiety, it’s important to take care of yourself and practice self care. Try to stay in a routine and keep up with good eating and sleeping habits. An example of creating a self care routine at work might involve going for a walk around the block during your lunch break to help clear your mind. If you can, try to plan a vacation every once in a while. Don’t forget to set boundaries and stay healthy. 

Communicate With Others

Make sure to communicate what’s going on to your boss or your colleagues. Don’t suffer in silence. They may be able to help more than you know. Speak up for yourself when necessary and let your supervisor know if you feel there is too much on your plate. They may not realize you’re overextended. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and confused, try asking a coworker for help. You can always return the favor later on. 

Consider Other Career Options

Realize that sometimes it is the job itself, and accept that it’s okay to search for something more fulfilling if the job is not making you happy. Try releasing your thoughts out on paper by doing a brain dump and letting them all out. Work through your emotions and practice other options. If your work-induced anxiety is not getting any better, it might be time to consider other career options or to see a therapist for help. 

Celebrate Your Successes

Celebrating your success in the workplace is important for many reasons. To start, it can help you feel good and can motivate you to reach for success again. Not only does it motivate you, but it can help you learn and adapt by recognizing what’s working well and why. This will help you be successful in the future as well. Celebrating success can take place in many different forms. It may look like going out to a nice dinner with your coworkers or loved ones, ringing the bell at work, or even just sharing success stories with others. Just like it’s important to recognize your mistakes in life, it’s just as important to celebrate the achievements. 

Connect with Resources

Many workplaces may have access to resources to help you in their own communities. Workplace anxiety should not go unrecognized because going to work shouldn’t have to feel like a burden every day. If you’ve tried some of the coping mechanisms above and are still feeling stuck, it’s important to talk to a professional. Chriselda Santos, a licensed psychotherapist and certified life coach, can help you with dealing with work anxiety. If you are interested in learning more about Chriselda’s approach to therapy, or you want to book an appointment, visit her website