How you can handle feeling anxious at work

anxious at work

Being anxious at work is a common phenomenon. However, it’s not something you can easily talk about with your colleagues. The causes of your feelings vary whether it is the struggle to partner with your coworker or meets tight deadlines. As we spend most of our time working, not many of us have the time to unload our feelings that we have been bottling up tight inside. And have we mentioned how bad the outcome is with every emotion stuffed and put aside? 

The feeling of anxiety can cause an enormous impact on yourself and your behaviour–let alone your performance at work. Even so, due to the limited space that we have to express ourselves freely, we can’t be outspoken about how anxious we’ve been at work, especially with our colleague-friends. A survey held by ADAA mentioned that 34% percents of employees “fear their boss would interpret their anxiety as lack of interest or unwillingness to do the activity”.

To stop feeling anxious at work, the first step has to come from you and for you. So, here are three steps that you can take to unwind anxiety while being at work.


Talk to your person

Talking it out is the first thing you can do to unload the nasty out of your mind. Even though it’s difficult to talk it out with your colleague, you can do it with someone else, especially with your person. Anxiety can lead to a negative train of thought, and expressing your feelings to someone can help you in letting go of some pieces of your mind.


Setting boundaries

Finding the equilibrium point between the cause of your anxiety and the mood booster that you have. To do that, you can try by setting bold boundaries with a time management plan. There are so many ways to do so, and one of which is the Pomodoro technique. It is a technique where you setting 25 minutes to work and add another 5 minutes to break on repeat. This technique would boost your productivity while reducing your mental fatigue.


Also read: 4 Signs to Identify Toxic Workplace Environment

Add more time for self-care

Self-care works wonder for you to reduce any negative feelings in your mind. Everyone has their way to take care of themselves, and you should find what works best for you as well. For instance, you can create a lifestyle that can boost your mood and promote productivity, such as implementing 7 hours of sleeping time, consuming healthy food, and do simple exercises in between. These adjustments may support your mental health to be stronger and more resilient each day.


At the end of the day, feeling anxious is something that may come here and there, now or later. But how you cope up with it is how you can protect yourself from the bad end. Feeling anxious at work could lead to a bigger impact on your life, even so, you can do something to sneak out of it and turn the table around. On the other hand, you now should realize that not everything is rainbows and butterflies, even when coming from peers that look incredibly steady outside. So, remember to always be gentle to yourself and everyone around you. 

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