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I’ve been staring at this computer screen for what seems like several hours. It hasn’t been.
I keep getting interrupted. And with each knock at the door, I can feel my blood pressure spike.
How am I supposed to get any work done?
As I sit in my chair staring at the screen, my muscles tense. I begin to reach for my phone; maybe some music will alleviate this overwhelming feeling.
There’s another knock at the door.
The way today is going, I will need some expert help in how to overcome anxiety at work.
What is Anxiety and Why does it Happen at Work?
Believe it or not, anxiety is useful. As anxiety increases, we have a tendency to become more task oriented.
This is not completely linear, however! If we become too anxious, overwhelm can set in.
Performance then drops and we can become debilitated. With debilitation, there are several clinical diagnoses that could be made. Here are a few. For specific criteria to these disorders, refer to the DSM-5.
There are certainly more anxiety disorders. If you feel that you may have a clinical disorder or your current situation is becoming so overwhelming you’re struggling to maintain, consider seeing a professional! I use BetterHelp- it’s quick, easy, and the first week is FREE!
13 Mental Health Bloggers Detail Their Surefire Tips to Beat Anxiety at Work
As a clinical social worker, I’ve helped dozens find ways to self-soothe. It can be difficult for us to find our own effective ways, however.
We all have a personal blind spot that can obstruct our ability to conceptualize solutions to our emotional wellness.
To help us see through these personal blind spots, 13 mental health bloggers will provide their best tips to overcome anxiety at work.
Heather is both a professional therapist and a mental health blogger. She knows a lot about beating anxiety and has been featured in many great resources. In fact, she has even developed an amazing eWorkbook to help you with just that!
Evaluate What Your Needs Are
Heather’s Anxiety Pocket eWorkbook is perfect for anyone looking to develop practical skills in beating their anxiety for good!
As a mental health expert myself, I have personally implemented several of these great strategies!
Natasha blogs about mental health and living in recovery. She certainly knows what it takes to overcome anxiety at work in a healthy way!
What I love about Natasha’s writing is that she is real with you about her journey:
“Getting sober is the easy part, staying sober is the hard part and FIXING YOUR LIFE seems fucking impossible.
Unjunkiefied Isn’t The Same Old Shit That You Are Used To”
Take A Time-Out and Breathe
Dr. Melissa Welby is passionate about improving people’s mental health. She is an experienced, caring, and effective psychiatrist who believes that patient care is optimized through a partnership between the patient and the physician. Dr. Welby has private practices in MIlford and Fairfield, CT
Practice Self-Care through Grounding and Mindfulness
Zoe Thomson blogs about mental health having experienced depression and anxiety for as long as she can remember. After finishing counseling, using her blog’s platform has allowed her to find added purpose in life and connect with others.
Listen to Calming Music to Focus Energy
Burn off Your Steam Regularly
Kay of Rose-Minded has struggled with severe Major Depressive Disorder, OCD (Excoriation Disorder), Bulimia, and general anxiety. Today she is in recovery from some disorders and still struggle with others. She aims to help others know they are not fighting an invisible monster, and let them know they aren’t fighting alone.
Breathing Exercises Help Release Anxiety
Rate Your Feelings throughout The Day to Build Awareness
Mindfulness Can Help Reset Your Mind
Use Personal Items to Help Ground You in The Moment
Get Outside and Listen to Positivity
Anni is uniquely qualified to help you create your best life, not because she managed to make her own life perfect in every possible way, but because she managed to screw it up in every possible way and then figure out how to turn things around.
Set Boundaries and Visualize Calm
Jessica has had a lifetime of experiences dealing with anxiety, depression, ADD and narcolepsy, as well as mental illnesses within her family. She created this blog to provide information, lend a shoulder, and share experiences to help others know that they are not alone.
Experience The Outdoors to Clear Your Mind
Change Tasks to Rebuild Your Focus
Overcoming Anxiety at Work Can Be Done
These 13 experts have found various ways to defeat those feelings of overwhelm at work. So what advice have you taken from their tips?
There are some clear similarities, yet each person has tied in something unique that enhances their personal values.
I encourage you to give these tips a try. Don’t be afraid to make it about you.
What is it that you need in that moment?
Inevitably, when we can slow ourselves down and make a meaningful change, we regain those feelings of self-control and overcome feelings of anxiety.
What tips do you have to manage your anxiety at work? Leave a comment for others!