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 Tips to Manage Stress and Anxiety at Work.

Getting stressed out at work happens to everyone, and it’s perfectly normal. But stress that is persistent, irrational, and overwhelming and impairs daily functioning may indicate an anxiety disorder. Keep these ideas in mind to keep your work life manageable:

Work! In addition to financial reasons, working can be important for your self-esteem and it adds to your social identity.

Tell a trusted coworker. Knowing that someone accepts your condition can be comforting and it may reduce any anticipatory anxiety about having a panic attack at work.

Educate yourself. Learn to recognize the symptoms of your disorder and how to handle them if you experience any at work.

Practice time management. Make to-do lists and prioritize your work. Schedule enough time to complete each task or project.

Plan and prepare. Get started on major projects as early as possible. Set mini-deadlines for yourself. Anticipate problems and work to prevent them.

Do it right the first time. Spend the extra time at the outset and save yourself a headache later when you have to redo your work.

Be realistic. Don’t over commit or offer to take on projects if you don’t realistically have enough time.

Ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask a coworker for help. Later you can return the favor.

Communicate. Speak up calmly and diplomatically if you have too much to handle. Your supervisor may not realize you’re overextended.

Stay organized. Filing and clearing your desk and computer desktop may rank low on your priority list, but they can save you time in the long run and may prevent a crisis later.

Avoid toxic coworkers. Try to ignore negativity and gossip in your workplace.

Take breaks. A walk around the block or a few minutes of deep breathing can help clear your head.

Set boundaries. Try not to bring work home with you. Don’t check your work e-mail or voice mail after hours.

Savor success. Take a moment to celebrate your
good work before moving on to the next project. Thank everyone who helped you.

Plan a vacation. You’ll be rejuvenated and ready to work when you come back.
Take advantage of employer resources and benefits. Your workplace may offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), discounts to gyms, or skill-building courses. Learn what’s available to you.

Be healthy. Eat healthfully, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and limit caffeine and alcohol. Try to keep your body and mind in shape to handle challenging situations.

Good reading !

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