Anxiety is a common mental health issue that affects many individuals and can impact their daily lives. Anxiety can be especially challenging when it comes to the workplace, as it can make tasks that would usually be simple, overwhelming and stressful. Luckily, there are many ways to manage anxiety in the workplace, and this post will explore some of those strategies.
As an apprenticeship training provider, we have a duty of care to ensure all of our community is in a great working environment and feels safe, empowered and supported. We have put together a short strategy to help you cope with your anxiety and we hope you find it useful. If you need further support and information we have collated a bunch of resources at the bottom of the email.
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Identify Your Triggers
One of the first steps to managing anxiety in the workplace is to identify your triggers. Triggers can be anything that makes you feel anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed. For example, public speaking, tight deadlines, or a demanding boss. Once you have identified your triggers, you can begin to develop strategies to manage them. For instance, if public speaking makes you anxious, you could practice your presentation in front of a supportive colleague or take a public speaking course to improve your confidence.
Self-care is an essential aspect of managing anxiety in the workplace. It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to refocus and recharge. You can take a walk, listen to calming music, meditate, or practice deep breathing exercises. Additionally, it’s important to make time for activities outside of work that you enjoy, such as exercise, reading, or spending time with loved ones. Practicing self-care can help you manage anxiety and improve your overall well-being.
Lastly, seeking support is an important step in managing anxiety in the workplace. Talking to a trusted colleague, friend, or family member about your anxiety can help you feel less alone. Additionally, many workplaces have Employee Assistance Programs that offer confidential support and resources to employees struggling with mental health issues. If your anxiety is impacting your daily life, it may be helpful to speak with a mental health professional.
The Mental Health Foundation has created a list of coping mechanisms to help manage your anxiety. Have a read through the following suggestions and find out what might work for you:
Managing anxiety in the workplace is possible with the right strategies and support. By identifying your triggers, practicing self-care, and seeking support, you can take control of your anxiety and improve your overall well-being. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help, and taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.