Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by worry or feelings of apprehension. It causes emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms and affects over 40 million American adults.
Suffering from anxiety can profoundly impact your daily life — especially at work, where stress and pressure can be high. Our team at Psychology Beverly Hills is ready to help. We specialize in anxiety treatment and understand the unique challenges of managing anxiety at work.
Here are a few of our favorite strategies to help you manage workplace anxiety.
A healthier mindset starts from within, and self-care can help you manage anxiety at work and in other areas of your life. Some self-care strategies we recommend are:
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating a nutritious diet
- Exercising regularly
- Taking short breaks throughout the workday
- Spending time with loved ones outside of work
- Pursuing hobbies and interests outside of work
Taking care of yourself outside of work helps you feel more energized, focused, and resilient — whether you’re at work or at home.
Practice positive self-talk
The way you talk to yourself has a significant impact on your mental well-being. Negative self-talk can increase anxiety and decrease your confidence. On the other hand, positive self-talk helps you feel more confident in the workplace.
With cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), our experts can help you learn to identify negative self-talk and replace it with more positive messages. For example, instead of saying, "I'll never figure this out,” say, "I'm capable and competent.”
Mindfulness is a method of being fully present in the moment and identifying your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can help you manage anxiety by reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
You can practice mindfulness anywhere, anytime. At work, try taking a few minutes to breathe deeply and focus on the present moment. You can also try guided meditations or yoga during your lunch break to help you feel more relaxed during the day.
Set realistic goals
Goal-setting can help you feel more in control of your career, and learning to set realistic goals can help reduce work-related stress. You can also break large or long-term goals into smaller, more manageable tasks to make them more achievable.
We recommend using the “SMART” methodology. When setting goals, make sure they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. This method helps you stay focused and motivated while preventing overwhelming and anxious feelings.
One of the most important things you can do to manage workplace anxiety is to seek support from others. This can include professional mental health counseling or simply talking to a coworker, friend, or family member.
Having someone to talk to can help you feel less isolated. Working with a mental health professional can help you learn new skills and find better ways to manage your anxiety in daily life.
If you're struggling with anxiety at work, help is available. Book an appointment with our team at Psychology Beverly Hills online or call us at 424-331-1568 to get started today.