How To Cope With Anxiety in a High Stress Work Environment

According to Mental Health America’s 2021 Mind the Workplace report, almost 83% of respondents felt emotionally drained from their work.

Stress at work is normal. Managing relationships, performing well, developing new skills and problem-solving are sources of discomfort all present an element of workplace stress that is healthy; stress is an essential component of intellectual and emotional growth.

Anxiety is a person’s specific reaction to stress. It’s defined by persistent, excessive worries. Symptoms of workplace anxiety  include:

– Feeling physically ill when thinking about work. – Procrastinating on work-related tasks. – Avoiding meetings, new projects, or work events. – Poor productivity and work performance. – Constant worrying.

Triggers such as an excessive workload, lack of support, control over job-related decisions, and challenging relationships can lead to anxiety in the workplace. Here are four ways to cope with anxiety in a high-stress work environment:

The first step to managing anxiety is recognizing its symptoms and understanding that our brain is only trying to help us stay safe. Pausing to acknowledge this triggers the rational, cognitive portion of our brain.

Reassure Your Brain.

Tracking your negative thoughts – writing them down – helps remove the emotional component so you can treat them as data and examine them with curiosity.

Identify Your Thoughts.

Set Boundaries.

Job-related anxiety won’t dissipate if you work around the clock. The solution: don’t bring work home with you. This may be easier said than done in today’s work environment, where boundaries between home and office blur in hybrid and remote office scenarios.

Swipe up to learn more!