normal for people to feel nervous during an interview or before
public speaking; however, it’s estimated that 19 million adult Americans suffer
from anxiety disorders each year. Anxiety in the workplace can have a major
impact—individuals who suffer from anxiety may have difficulty with common
workplace expectations such as meeting deadlines or maintaining relationships
other illnesses, anxiety disorders are caused by a combination of biological
and environmental factors. The most common symptoms of anxiety disorders
include continuous obsessive thoughts, fatigue, extreme feelings of fear and
panic, headaches, difficulty speaking and nausea.
feelings of anxiety can be pervasive, the following techniques can help
Move around: Taking
a brief walk or finding a quiet area in the workplace to perform a quick
exercise can help alleviate feelings of anxiety. Moving around releases
endorphins that can have a calming effect on individuals.Break-up large tasks:
Large projects can sometimes seem overwhelming; but, by breaking them down into
smaller tasks, they may be easier to complete. Try to break down tasks by the
hour, and take breaks when necessary to focus on what you’ve accomplished.
It’s estimated that 13 percent
of the adult American workforce suffers from anxiety disorders each year.
Anxiety is often a temporary feeling that becomes an obsessive thought. Before you
begin dwelling on one thought for too long, reassure yourself that you will be
OK and that the negative feelings will pass. You can also try to focus on something
else, or go for a brief walk. Then, re-evaluate your feelings afterwards.
Talk with someone: It
can be helpful to communicate your feelings with someone, either in or out of
the workplace. Friends and loved ones can offer words of reassurance, and even
writing an unrelated email to someone you know can help to slow or stop
feelings of anxiety.
in the workplace is very common and impacts millions of people on a daily
basis. Don’t hesitate to contact a trained professional if you feel you need
assistance dealing with anxiety.