Have you noticed that you are struggling to go to work? Do you feel demotivated and worry about things related to work?
Anxiety is increasing in modern-day life. Women suffer with anxiety more than men but over the years I have noticed that I regularly see clients who suffer with anxiety related to work. It doesn’t matter what position you are in at work- you might be the owner, a manager, or the most junior person in the organisation. Anxiety at work can happen to anyone. Could you be suffering with anxiety at work?
So what is anxiety at work?
Anxiety is a fear, apprehension or worry that makes people feel uneasy or nervous. It could be so bad that you dread going to work or get panic attacks and develop aches pains and pick up infections more. Anxiety at work is about getting anxiety symptoms while you are at work or with thoughts about going to work.
Work-related stress and anxiety is fine in small amounts if it helps you to get motivated and meet deadlines however too much stress and anxiety can lead to ill health and feeling miserable. Unfortunately, everyone’s acceptable level of stress can vary so anxiety at work is different for different people. As most people work for a substantial part of their day, too much work stress and anxiety aren’t good.
What contributes to or causes anxiety at work?
- Conflict with work colleagues
- Too much work that is difficult to do.
- Lack of training and direction so that you are not sure as to what you should be doing.
- Micromanagement. This is where every tiny detail of your work is being monitored or watched or criticised.
- Bullying from other work colleagues or managers.
- Too many deadlines that aren’t achievable.
- Monotonous jobs.
- Being isolated from others.
- Discrimination, harassment, and unfair practices.
- Personal problems that are overwhelming and have influenced your thoughts and feeling while at work.
- Exams and other assessments.
- Doing a job that you hate.
- Recognise yourself that something is wrong and decide to do something about it.
- Speak to your manager or supervisor.
- Learn to prioritise your work if you are not already doing it.
- Write a diary of events that are causing you to feel anxious. For example, if you feel that you are being bullied write down the dates, times and describe the incident and list any witnesses.
- Gather information. For example, you may want to speak to your Human Resources manager, a solicitor or your Trades Union if it’s a work-related issue.
- Contact a counsellor to help you talk about the issue. Some businesses often have an Employer Assistance Programme (EAP) where you can speak to a counsellor that is paid for through the business.
- If its a personal issue, or if you think you would find it difficult to speak to a work counsellor, you may decide to see a private counsellor.
- Talk to your doctor. Some forms of anxiety can be caused by health problems or medication. You may be advised to take some time off work or take medication to help.
- Review your diet, exercise and sleep patterns. Maybe you need to start some exercise.
- Talk to trusted friends.
- Do fun things when you are away from work.
- Meditate, do Mindfulness or self-hypnosis.
- Watch a film that makes you laugh.
- Take your breaks when you are at work and don’t skip eating at mealtimes.
- Reduce your caffeine intake.
- Sometimes it might mean changing your job but ensure this is not a hasty decision.
- Take action today.