3 Signs of Anxiety Impacting your Work Day

We all know anxiety symptoms, such as a racing heartbeat, an elevated heart rate, shaking, sweating, hyperventilating, and dreading an imminent catastrophe. But these symptoms might increase sensitivity and subtlely alter how you appear in day-to-day tasks.

You should always identify the causes of your anxiety and find ways to manage your anxiety. Dealing with stress begins by looking at anxiety sources.

Working with Others

Anxiety can make you disassociate from the people around you, which may affect your ability to function effectively in a group and create positive relationships.

Unable to Meet Deadlines

Do you spend a lot of time fretting? Or do you try to avoid completing tasks because you’re worried about your manager’s opinion? Anxiety can interfere with your productivity or force you to procrastinate, allowing you to miss deadlines.

Fatigued and Unfocused

Nighttime wakefulness can cause fatigue and daytime distraction if you spend late night hours reflecting on what you might have done wrong.

How to Calm Anxiety During Work Hours

The good news is that anxiety in the workplace can be dealt with through some easy-to-learn techniques. Here are three methods for helping you regulate your anxiety feelings.

Catch your Thoughts

Stop your unstable emotions before they become a runaway train by saying “Stop!” out loud to yourself or lightly snapping a rubber band on your wrist. Then replace your anxiety with evidence that you can see in the world (stick with the facts).

Breathing Exercise

Paying attention to how we breathe can often be overlooked because it’s completely automatic. Take a deep breath while raising your arms slowly over your head. Exhale as you lower your arms. Repeat three times. Make sure to breathe out 2 seconds longer than you intake.

Grounding Exercise

Prolonged stress can cause feelings of dissociation from the physical body, resulting in panic. To counter that, pay attention to your senses. Sit up tall with your feet on the ground and your hands on the armrest.

Notice little things around you that you might not always notice, like the sound of a door opening. By becoming aware of what is around you while paying attention to your breath, you might feel calmer and less stressed.

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