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Dealing With Work Anxiety

By Stephen R. Farris


Is your job getting you down and causing you to have more anxiety than normal? You're not alone, especially with what is going on in the world around us.


Demand for goods and services is at a high right now, and companies are trying to meet those demands. You may be asked to work longer hours, or you may be in a job that requires you to be competitive among other co-workers. You might be stuck in a job you don't like.


Whatever the case may be, it's enough to trigger episodes of anxiety. Some of the symptoms range from procrastinating when it comes to tasks at work to avoiding social interactions such as work meetings, emails, and work-related calls. Other symptoms of work anxiety could be from:


  • Feeling good at night, but full of dread come morning

  • You have a sick feeling when thinking about work 

  • Loss of motivation

  • Lack of focus


The anxiety you feel about your job can also affect you physically. You may notice more:


  • Pain in your head and neck

  • Your body feels more tense

  • You sweat more (aka sweaty palms)

  • You feel nauseated more often


According to experts, anxiety levels vary with each individual. Most workplace anxiety stems from meeting tight deadlines or completing projects in a short time. You may begin to doubt yourself and your ability to do your job. Other signs that your workplace is causing your anxiety is when you begin to feel a lack of purpose at work, as well as:


  • Having to deal with a difficult boss or co-workers

  • Dealing with a toxic workplace environment

  • Lack of proper training 

  • Overloaded due to being short staffed


Hope is not lost when it comes to combating workplace anxiety. There are several things you can do to help lessen or overcome it. When an episode occurs, try writing down what you feel might have caused it. You can also try to find out exactly where your anxiety originates from. Begin to ask yourself questions. Eventually, you may actually find the answer to the root of your anxiety. 


These are just a few things that can help you to settle down your anxiety. If you have more questions about anxiety, or your mental well-being, consult with your doctor or local chiropractor to hear some of the tips and suggestions they have to offer.  


To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Casa Grande, Ariz.


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