Do you find yourself crippled with worry and fear when you turn your thoughts to work? Do you experience imposter syndrome and frequently find yourself second-guessing your performance in the workplace?

If you have said yes to the above questions, you are not alone. In the United Kingdom alone, almost one million individuals encounter work-related anxiety.

Sadly, anxiety, be it work-related or not, is known to reduce the quality of an individual’s life. Crippled with fear and worry, many individuals struggle to navigate their day-to-day life and complete basic tasks when anxiety takes over.

Should you find yourself subject to work-related anxiety, here at Nova Recovery, we have shared our top 4 tips for overcoming work-related anxiety with you here.

 

Before delving into our 4 tips for overcoming work-related anxiety, it is worth understanding what causes work-related anxiety to arise.

Although the factors that influence work-related anxiety will significantly differ, some of the most common causes include;

  • – Increased workload
  • – Conflict with colleagues
  • – Workplace performance
  • – Long hours
  • – The working environment

 

In addition to the above, over the last 12-months, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the number of individuals who experience work-related anxiety soar. Lack of face-to-face contact with colleagues, an inability to switch off and overworking have all contributed.

Furthermore, 73% of employees cite returning to the workplace as one of the main factors that cause them to experience work-related anxiety.

 

Like many others suffering from work-related anxiety, you will likely want to ascertain how you can overcome the pessimistic feelings you encounter on a daily basis as soon as possible. However, you may be unsure of how you can overcome and curb the emotions experienced.

With this in mind, at Nova Recovery, we have outlined our top 4 tips for overcoming work-related anxiety below.

 

1. Practice Self-Care

As your work-related anxiety consumes your every waking moment, it is possible that you will have neglected your own personal self-care. Instead, you will have spent a large proportion of your time worrying about the ‘what ifs’ and ‘buts’ that often come hand-in-hand with work-related anxiety.

If this resonates with you, we would urge you to take the time to practice self-care.

For many individuals, practicing self-care simply means taking time to relax and recuperate. For others, self-care help consists of exercising, being more mindful of their diet and ensuring that they get enough sleep.

Although many argue that self-care does not help with work-related anxiety, many studies have indicated that self-care is vital when it comes to managing anxiety and stress.

 

2. Create A Daily Routine

If your work-related anxiety originates from looming deadlines, working overtime and dreading receiving emails from your colleagues or employers, creating a routine will assist you as you look to overcome your work-related anxiety.

Routines are considered to be highly beneficial when anxiety and stress impairs an individual’s life. This is because stress and anxiety often arise from unexpected, unplanned and unaccounted for situations.

As the brain struggles to cope with an increase in pressure, the flight or fight response is activated. In turn, you will find that you feel increasingly anxious.

However, when a routine is implemented, many individuals find that they can navigate their work-related responses with ease and overcome any anxiety that may have otherwise been experienced.

As you turn your thoughts to creating a routine to help you overcome work-related anxiety, it may be worth considering the following;

  • – How long does it take you to commute to work?
  • – What time do you usually take breaks during your working day?
  • – How often do you need to check your emails?
  • – Do you have any meetings that you need to attend?
  • – How can you prioritise your tasks to reduce any pressure you may face?

 

With the above questions in mind, you will find it easier to plan out your day and create a routine.

 

3. Talk To Your Employer and Ask For Help

If you are experiencing work-related anxiety that is impacting your performance in the workplace, it is worth having an open and honest conversation with your employer.

Although a large proportion of employees will avoid discussing their worries and concerns with their employer, it is vital that you do so.

Not only will talking to your employer ensure that you are able to ask for help, manage the factors that cause you to experience work-related anxiety and find suitable solutions, but it will also help you reduce any pressures that you face at work.

As your employer has a duty of care for you, you will likely find that they want to do everything they can to support you as you look to overcome your work-related anxiety.

 

4. Take Advantage Of Therapy

If you struggle with workplace anxiety, you may find that your employer is able to offer you sufficient support. However, if you find yourself subject to workplace anxiety even with additional support, it may be worth taking advantage of therapy.

Although you may see this as a last resort, therapy has helped millions of people worldwide tackle workplace anxiety.

From offering you a safe space to discuss your worries to helping you develop coping strategies that will diminish the work-related anxiety you experience, talking and well-being therapies come highly recommended.

 

Contact Nova Recovery Today

If you have tried to take advantage of our 4 tips for overcoming work-related anxiety yet still feel crippled with worry, we can offer you anxiety treatment at our rehab hospital.

Located in Scotland, anxiety treatment at our rehab hospital typically includes psychological and well-being therapy. These therapies will equip you with the tools you need to ensure that you are able to minimise the overall impact anxiety has on your life.

To find out more about our treatment, or to discuss your needs with us, please call us today on 01475 303 998. Alternatively, email info@novarecovery.com.

 

Sources

https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress.pdf

https://envoy.com/blog/employee-concerns-about-returning-to-work/

Author Details
Psychiatrist at Nova Recovery
Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to a continuation of professional development at the postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as an NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
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