Subject: Real Talk, how to handle anxiety in the workplace
Disclaimer: Mental health talk, it’s about to get real deep guys.
If you’re anything like me (and more than half of the millennials out there) than there is a chance you suffer with anxiety. I don’t mean your normal nerves but the type that brings on multiple anxiety attacks and leaves you exhausted for the rest of the day. If you’ve experience this before than you know exactly what I am talking about, if you haven’t I hope you never do.
Working with anxiety can be quite challenging, especially when you’re still learning how to handle it on your own. You’re never sure what may trigger it and having a stressful job can really take a toll on you.
But that doesn’t mean you’re not capable of doing an amazing job! It’s important to remember to not let your anxiety take over (I know it’s hard but it’s possible!) being able to view your anxiety as something separate from you and taking a step back to analyze the situation can really clear your mind and help you get through the moment. Remember your anxiety doesn’t define you!
I know it sounds easier said than done, I am the girl who had at least two panic attacks a day from my job but if I learned anything from those days is that there is a way to push through it. We all know how taboo mental health is, especially at the workplace but knowing how to approach it and talk about it with your boss can really make a different and yes taking a personal day because of your mental health is totally a valid excuse (or at least it should be).
Deadlines and multiple projects all at once can be stressful and can trigger those panic attacks but work on ways you can take control of the situation and put that to practice, start by little things like planning out your days and weeks in detail and creating small to do list where you can tick off even the smallest task (turned my laptop on, check!), it may sound silly but somedays that can make a difference.
And please keep in mind that if you notice the anxiety is only getting worse than perhaps this is not the job for you. It took me a long time to realize that my mental health was more important than trying to break myself for a job. Leaving something because you weren’t happy doesn’t mean you failed, it’s totally possible to do an amazing job at work but still be extremely anxious and unhappy. Like I said before, you’re not your anxiety you’re so much more even in the workplace!