How to deal with work anxiety?

Have you ever experienced worry, anxiety, over-thinking or stress? It can become so intrusive that it is difficult to concentrate and hard to accomplish daily tasks. 

Have you observed yourself being constantly agitated, having a racing pulse, sweaty palms, shaky hands and a dry mouth? Or maybe you feel easily irritated? If yes, these are the common signs of experiencing anxiety. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life but feelings can range from mild to severe. Normal anxiety happens when our body responds to stress. Today, the COVID-19 outbreak has created a major shift in how we go about our daily lives leaving millions of people in the UK with stress and anxiety. As lockdowns were enforced by the government, working adults are in fear of losing their jobs. In fact, 7.6 million jobs or 24% of the UK workforce are at risk because of COVID-19. As has been said: we are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat.

How to cope with work anxiety? 

Talk about it

Whether it is with your friends, family, therapists, or doctors having someone you can open your thoughts and feelings to is important to reduce stress. Keeping things bottled up makes things worse than what you can imagine. You can talk to your managers if you can’t really deal with it. They are capable of understanding and feeling empathy towards others.

Knowledge is power

Re-evaluate yourself and learn about what you are experiencing. Understanding what you feel and reacting positively to it is essential. 

Watch your diet

The imposition of lockdown has encouraged some people to increase food consumption as one way to reduce boredom. You should be aware of what you eat as it is a major contributor to how your body responds to the physical world. There are no banned foods, everything in moderation. A good balanced diet is all that is necessary. 

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