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Help! My Anxiety is Interfering With my Job!

I hear it from so many clients - they're so anxious in the workplace that they're actually starting to do their job poorly. They're worried about judgment from others, how they are perceived, doing things "correctly", and not doing anything that could get them fired. Anxiety in the workplace can be a challenging issue to deal with, but there are several strategies that can be helpful in managing it. Here are some tips:

  1. Identify triggers: Identify the situations or events that trigger your anxiety in the workplace. It could be a particular task or responsibility, interactions with certain coworkers or bosses, or even just the work environment itself.

  2. Practice relaxation techniques: Learn and practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness meditation. These techniques can help you calm down and feel more relaxed in stressful situations.

  3. Set boundaries: Learn to set boundaries and say no when you feel overwhelmed. It’s important to prioritize your mental health and not take on too much work or responsibility.

  4. Get organized: Being organized can help reduce stress and anxiety. Use a planner or task list to keep track of your responsibilities, deadlines, and priorities.

  5. Seek support: Talk to a trusted colleague, friend, or family member about your anxiety. It’s important to have a support system that can help you manage stress and anxiety.

  6. Take breaks: Take regular breaks throughout the day to recharge and refocus. Get up from your desk, stretch, take a walk, or do something else that helps you relax and clear your mind.

  7. Seek professional help: If your anxiety is severe or interfering with your ability to function in the workplace, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor. They can provide you with additional strategies and support to manage your anxiety.

The therapists at B&T get it! Work isn't your whole life, but financial stability is important to our mental health and it supports the non-work parts of our lives. Work anxiety interferes with our relationships and our ability to live a life that feels great. Reach out if you feel overwhelmed!

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