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Anxiety in the Workplace

By Rachel Shouse

Is your work environment having a significant negative impact on your mental health? If it is, you're not alone. There are aspects of your job that are outside of your control. However, there are some things you can do to help you through this rough patch. A few things you can do to help are to educate yourself on anxiety, make a few changes at work, and learn how long work hours are affecting you. 

Identifying Anxiety

It can be hard to diagnose mental illness of all sorts and varieties. Anxiety isn't an exception. Some of you may not even know you have it. You may think these feelings are normal. Being an introvert has an impact, but extroverts can suffer from anxiety as well, just for different reasons. All of that being said, here are common symptoms of this mental illness.

  • Never feeling satisfied
  • Worrying constantly
  • Feeling tense or irritable regularly
  • Crying
  • Troubled sleep

Control What You Can

Understand that there are things outside of your control. Fixating on those aspects probably isn't helping you. It's time to change that. Draw a line on a piece of paper right down the middle. One side is for those things outside of your control. The other side is for what is within your control. 

If you have even one thing on the side that you can control, it's time to do it. If your work area is cluttered or untidy, it's time to sort it out. Your local dollar store very likely has a plethora of storage options that you should take advantage of. Sorting out your space can help improve your self-esteem and confidence, focus, ability to multitask, and more. 

Don't Work Too Much

This is targeted towards those of you who work 50 hours or more per week. Men and women are significantly more likely to develop an array of diseases and conditions because of long work hours. The risk of heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, rheumatoid arthritis, and other nasty problems double because of overworking.

You shouldn't just live. You only get to do this life once and you deserve to have a great one. Don't get hung up on a job when you can find a better one. Do some research before any interviews and see if the company is worth working for. If you think you want to stay, talk to your boss and/or coworkers. Getting advice and keeping communication open can help reduce a healthy bit of your stress. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Avon, Ohio.

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