Tips to manage anxiety at work

Tips to manage anxiety at work

There are times when anxiety gets the best of you. It leaves you stressed and excessively worried. Anxiety in the workplace can affect the performance and quality of your work. You are unable to concentrate or communicate effectively that affects your relationship with your colleagues as well.

Coping with anxiety at work is possible. Here are some tips for those dreadful moments of anxiety that threatens to overtake you at work.

Take a break

Take a break

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Take a moment to reset your brain when anxiety takes over. Analyse your thoughts. Think about things that make you happy. Positive thoughts will help reduce anxiety.

Time Management

Time Management

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Make to-do lists. Prioritise your work. Schedule time limit to complete each task on time. Do not over commit. 

Stay Organised

Stay Organised

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A clean and tidy work desk can help you focus. Keep air-purifying plants at your work desk. It can help reduce stress at work. The touch of greenery can improve the way you think and make you more alert & productive.

Communicate

Communicate

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If you get anxiety attacks at work quite often, talk to a work friend or a trusted colleague about it. It is important to express what’s going on inside. Communicating your feelings will reduce your anxiety & help you get through your day.

Avoid Caffeine (excess)

Avoid Caffeine

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Keep your caffeine consumption to a minimum. The high doses of coffee can induce anxiety symptoms, especially among people with panic disorder or social anxiety disorder. 

Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated

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Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated may not help you get rid of anxiety entirely, but it can help reduce its intensity. It will make you feel healthy & help you concentrate on the task at hand without worrying.

Gentle Stretching can help

Gentle Stretching can help

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When you’re feeling anxious at work, relax by breathing. Sit in a quiet & comfortable place. Relax your muscles. Stretching can help you feel physically & emotionally better. Counting is also a great way to ease your anxiety.

Be Mindful

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Examine anxiety when it shows up. Try to think about what is causing your anxiety. What do you think or feel when anxiety hits you? Focus on the situation. Stay in the present. 

Anxiety is a normal response to stress. Don’t suppress it. It is important to get rid of anxiety, but before that, try and accept it.

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