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7 Strategies to Deal With Work Anxiety Today

Vivian Okirie, M.D.
7 Strategies to Deal With Work Anxiety Today

Many people develop severe anxiety as a result of their relationship to their workplace. Toxic work environments or having to perform stressful tasks can create states of chronic stress, which has the potential to cause long term anxiety as having elevated stress for extended periods of time can make some people more susceptible to developing anxiety disorders.

Overcoming work anxiety is typically much more difficult to avoid when you need to work to sustain your livelihood. But it is not impossible. It merely takes imagination, a little bit of fun, and the willingness to motivate yourself every day to address your anxiety symptoms. 

How to Overcome Work Anxiety

Work anxiety is never just work anxiety. It often bleeds into your home and personal life, and if it continues without management for too long, you may also develop anxiety that often lasts long after you leave your job. 

While all of these characteristics might not apply to you, the information should still provide you with tips of how to properly manage your anxiety at work. For the purpose of this article, we will make a few assumptions, which include the following: 

An important distinction is remembering that you get to decide how important your work life is to your grand scheme of life. Work itself is often a means to an end. Those of you who find yourselves anxious about work often place too much value on what occurs at your place of employment. By all means, we are not saying that your job is worthless; however, it should not start to take more value in your life than your health, family, friends, and other life ambitions. 

Remember the purpose of work is to be capable of living an enjoyable life. Changing your priorities with how you view your job might result in decreased work anxiety. 

With those caveats out of the way, the following are several strategies for overcoming work anxiety:

These types of strategies may seem unusual, but they can have a very genuine effect on work anxiety. 

If your anxiety leaks into other areas of your life, it may be time to consider treating all of your anxiety as a whole as well. Learning anxiety management strategies can be a great way to target workplace stress.

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