How To Deal With Anxiety At Work

Stress and anxiety are major causes of ill-health and under-performance in all grades of staff and a significant reason why staff retention is a big issue for many organisations, regardless of sector or business type.

There are a number of different strategies that you as an individual can use to try to reduce these problems and to ensure that the working day is a successful and fulfilling experience for all concerned.

  1. Have good working relationships with those around you: this makes dealing with problems easier and forms strong social bonds which will support you in getting through the day and achieving your goals.
  2. Asking for help; there is nothing wrong with seeking out help when you need it and in not asking for help you are making the situation worse! Do not get into the habit of accepting all of the tasks that come your way IF you know that you will not be able to complete them! This only increases anxiety and uncertainty for you. Asking for help also lets your superiors know that you want to do a good job and need some assistance/more resources to accomplish your targets.
  3. Avoid gossiping: this achieves nothing and just adds to the overall sense of anxiety especially when the gossip about you finds its way to you! If gossiping is built around scenarios where there might be significant levels of conflict this will be a major cause of ongoing and drawn-out stress and anxiety.
  4. Set and agree deadlines that are realistic: be honest and open when agreeing to any deadline so that you are able to work at a realistic and manageable pace.
  5. Mind your language: use words that are clear and concise in your dealings with others so that the meaning and intent within your communication style leaves no room for uncertainty and debate.
  6. Keep communication going, even when it is difficult to do so: the more you communicate about problems and issues, the less you will feel anxious. This also helps with saying a polite but firm “No” to requests that otherwise would have created stress and anxiety.
  7. Talk rather than sending emails: the more face-to-face communication you can engage in the more certain you will be about what people want from you and what you can offer them.
  8. Stick to the facts: the more certain you are in what you communicate the more likely it is that communication will be a success, hence reducing anxiety and worry around the deliverables that you are responsible for.

Good Luck!

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