Recent workplace surveys show that at-work anxiety is on the rise despite our ever-growing awareness of the importance of healthy living across all facets of our lives. The most significant and common causes of anxiety at work are unsurprising: Bad managerial practices, long working hours, a heavy workload, and a lack of career autonomy make employees feel powerless, unsupported, and overwhelmed.
The Keys To Managing Anxiety At Work
1. Remember: Healthy Living At Work Requires Awareness
Anxiety at work has a habit of accumulating gradually over time rather than in response to acutely stressful or traumatic experiences. As a result, many people are not aware of their anxiety until it builds up enough to cause burnout (which manifests as neglect of work duties, a lack of professional development, and venting to coworkers).
Burnout is best avoided through recognition of anxiety triggers and the development of targeted coping mechanisms related to and during triggering experiences.
2. Practice High-Quality Healthy Living Habits Outside Of Work
Who we are and how we feel at work is intricately connected with what we do at home. For example, people who get insufficient sleep (fewer than seven hours per night) tend to be dramatically more anxious, less effective, and less safe in the workplace. This ultimately costs employers approximately $1,967 per sleep-deprived employee in annual productivity losses.
Similarly, employee anxiety has some links with poor nutrition, insufficient immune support, and other unhealthy behaviors. This suggests that practicing healthy behaviors at home — including taking natural supplements derived from healing plants — may help minimize anxiety at work.
3. Stay Clocked-Out When Outside Of The Workplace
Recent research supports the idea that being able to fully disengage from work while at home helps minimize at-work anxiety while maximizing at-work engagement and productivity.
To this end, creating healthy boundaries around work behaviors (like checking email) go a long way towards reducing at-work anxiety. Additionally, anxious employees can rely on grounding habits at home (like meditation) and stress-reducing and sleep-enhancing natural supplements to help define a distinct at-home emotional space.
4. Establish A Sphere Of Control At Work
Different workplace environments allow for varying degrees of employee autonomy and flexibility. In spaces where flexibility and autonomy are low, employees may feel elevated levels of anxiety at work as a result of their lack of control over their work experiences and outcomes. It follows, then, that one of the most immediately effective tips for reducing at-work anxiety is establishing a sense of control over working conditions.
5. Identify At-Work Tools For Anxiety Management
Our current cultural trends prioritizing healthy living should mean that people today are more prone than ever to seek help for anxiety. Nevertheless, fewer than 40% of people who self-report feeling anxiety so severe at work that it interferes with their performance speak to a supervisor or seek other at-work anxiety support.
Yet it is in every firm’s best interest to help alleviate workplace anxiety. It interferes with both individual productivity and company morale. That is why many companies now have an Employee Assistance Program offering stress management resources and/or facilitating mental healthcare referrals for anxious employees.
6. Cultivate Soft Skills For Stress Management At Work
For people who self-report a tendency to experience work-anxiety, opportunities for recreation and relaxation at work (or recovery at home) are not consistently effective. This means that, if you are prone to feeling anxiety at work, it is important to actively develop your work-coping skills (including boundary-setting, self-management, and career adaptability) to minimize anxious responses to work stress.
7. Recognize That Some Stressors Are Outside Your Control
Research shows that certain at-work stressors uniformly increase work anxiety in everyone, regardless of coping mechanisms practiced or personal tendencies towards anxiety. Witnessing or experiencing bullying (or harassment) at work, specifically, has broad negative consequences. This type of anxiety can only be resolved by seeking support from supervisory staff or human resources personnel (people who can exert some degree of control over the situation).
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