Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Anxiety At Work

At home anxiety is a bitch.

At work anxiety is a mega bitch.

There is ever an ideal place to get an anxiety attack, but the silver linings to getting anxiety attacks at home are that you’re able to take the time to address them, you can do whatever it is you need to do to get through them and you can do all of this in private.

However, anxiety does’t always take the time to consider where you are, it just pops up whenever the hell it feels like it. Yay.

When I get anxiety out in public it is usually in an overcrowded place and I can just quickly run somewhere quieter to take a few deep breaths.

And I mean run. I set my eyes on the exit and I get there as quickly as possible. If you have ever been in my path during one of these sprints then I apologise.

When I get anxiety at home I have multiple ways to calm myself, from sitting on my own in a peaceful room to getting the boyfriend to distract me with stories.

In all honesty, I don’t feel like I have come up with a great way to deal with anxiety at work, or know if there even is one.

At work I am not able to drop everything and deal with what’s happening. I can’t go hide under my duvet or the desk, I have to carry on and pretend all is well.

There are a few things I do to try and prevent me feeling anxious. 

One of them is to be super organised. I make lists of everything - what I need to do in the long run, what I need to do that week, what I need to do that day. I am a list obsessed woman. Keeping track of everything that I need to do keeps me calm, there are no nasty surprises and I feel on top of everything. 

I also like to keep my workspace clutter free. Tidy house, tidy mind and all that.

Furthermore I spend time double and triple checking the work I do to make sure it’s good and that I haven’t missed anything. I absolutely hate it when I have to pick something up quickly at the last minute and I don’t get chance to sense check it before I send it on. There have been many times when I have overly agonised what I have written in an email, but I’d rather do that than rush through it.

I also make sure I have regular breaks. Whether it’s a little break from my desk to go get some water or a few days out of the office, breaks help me to clear my head and get perspective on things.

But all the precautions in the world are not always enough to stop me feeling anxious, and inevitably there will be times when anxiety strikes.

I guess what bugs me the most when it hits is it makes me feel trapped, because it’s not like I can just get up and leave work. Feeling trapped is a major trigger for me!

When anxiety does hit I take some deep breaths, I pop away from the desk if I can and I tell myself it will all be fine. I tell myself that in a few hours time I will be back home with my boys and this will just be a faded memory.

This helps, some days more effectively and quickly than others.

I wanted to write this down because it's easy tp feel like I am the only one feeling like this at work, even though I know there are many more people feeling the same way. It’s just not something people always talk about.

It can be a bit scary to admit you feel anxious at work. I don’t want it to look like I am incompetent, because I am not. I just get anxious some times. 

So if anyone else feels like this then hello, hi, me too. We’re in this together!

What do you do to deal with anxiety in the work place?


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  1. You hit the nail on the head, anxiety is a huge bitch. I hope you're not having too much of a hard time.

    You seemed to have created some ways to deal with your anxiety at work a lot better than I have, and I'm definitely going to see if I can make some of these tips work for me.

    Beka. xo

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    1. Isn't it just. It comes and goes, hope you're not either! And I hope they work for you too! Xxx

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