You’re frazzled and nervous every time you think about work. Guess what? You’re not alone. According to a 2018 poll, 94% of workers reported feeling stress at work. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. Here are some tactics to prevent your job from making you anxious.
How to Keep Your Job from Making you Anxious
Pinpoint the Problems
Of course, figuring out what’s wrong with your job is easier said than done. If you’re not sure where to begin, try a brain dump. Take out a blank sheet of paper and write down everything that’s bothering you about work. You may be butting heads with a co-worker, struggling with an excessive workload, or worrying about layoffs. Often, seeing your thoughts recorded on paper allows you to organize the chaos in your mind. Rather than having problems swirling around in your head, you can pinpoint the causes of your anxiety.
Search for Solutions
Once you’ve identified the problem(s), you’ll be able to search for solutions. Although it may be impossible to eliminate issues entirely, you can usually reduce their negative impact. Base your strategies on your situation. For example, if your workload is unmanageable, try scheduling a one-on-one meeting with your manager. He or she may have ideas as to how to redistribute some of your duties. On the other hand, if you’re worried about layoffs, consider pursuing professional development through your company or on your own. This will expand your skillset and make you more marketable if you DO end up looking for another job. Additionally, keep in mind, many organizations have expanded their mental health programs during the pandemic. If you’re overwhelmed, and you don’t know where to turn, contact your health insurance provider or HR department. They should be happy to connect you with the extra support you need.
Consider a Change
Sometimes problems are difficult or impossible to fix. Let’s say you’re dealing with an unreasonable manager, a toxic culture, or a company in financial trouble. In these cases, your best bet probably is to move on. Even though getting a new job can be scary, a better-fit position will improve your short and long-term mental and physical health.
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