Not everyone is capable of coping with their anxiety at work.

Workplace anxiety is best described as anxiety that includes feeling tense, stress, uneasy or nervous about work.

Anxiety can be disruptive  at home, but at work it can be debilitating. Workplace anxiety affects approximately 40 % of the work force during the workday.

Symptoms may include:

  • Driving to work
  • Financial Problems
  • Interacting with co-workers
  • Meeting participation
  • Performance reviews
  • Meeting deadlines

These can have a snowball effect that can cause forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, sick days /lost productivity.

Anxiety can manifest physically as well, causing tension headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, sweating, shaking hands or legs, faster than normal heart rate and also changes in appetite.

Fortunately, there are ways to manage your anxiety that can be very helpful.

  • Take a walk during your lunch or break
  • Get some much-needed fresh air.
  • Talk to your supervisor (only if you are comfortable)
  • Tell a coworker
  • Practice deep breathing exercises
  • Listen to music on earbuds if possible
  • Set small frequent deadlines to keep on track
  • Visualization
  • If time permits watch a funny video
  • Cut down on caffeine

When you cannot cope, consider seeking professional assistance.

In conclusion, don’t let anxiety overwhelm you.  Be aware of your triggers and take steps to calm yourself before it gets out of hand.