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10 tips from a psychologist on coping with anxiety at work

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10 tips from a psychologist on coping with anxiety at work
Dr. Marla Deibler shares some crucial tips for handling anxiety in the workplace.

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Struggling with anxiety

Avoidance is a major factor in maintaining anxiety.

"Being willing to fully experience themselves and their private experiences (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, etc.)...

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Handling anxiety in the workplace

  • Don't suppress your anxiety. Practice acceptance rather than pushing it away.
  • Be mindful. "What do you notice when anxiety shows up? What are you thinking and feelin...

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Normal And Clinical Anxiety

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Risk Factors For Anxiety

  • Being female (women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety than are men
  • Caving into societal pressures to be ‘nice’ or be a high achiever
  • Being a perfectionist
  • High reluctance to share feelings
  • Childhood trauma
  • Cumulative stress
  • Genetic predisposition

Tips For Treating Anxiety

  • Visit your primary care doctor. Your symptoms may be from another condition with similar symptoms.
  • Ensure your chosen mental health professional is well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy, which involves the active restructuring of anxious thoughts and behaviors.
  • Consider skipping the caffeine and other stimulants that may exacerbate anxiety.
  • Exercise. Research indicates that routine exercise wards off the development of panic-related disorders.
  • Remind yourself that it’s okay to be anxious—in fact, the more demand you put on yourself to not be anxious, the more stressed you become.
  • Recognize, identify and cope with your anxiety to stay in control.

Taking cues from you

When children witness a parent in a state of anxiety, they can become unsettled, because they take information about how to interpret situations from the parent.

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Learn stress management techniques

A big part of treatment for children with anxiety is to teach parents stress tolerance.

A mental health professional can help you work through methods of stress management for your specific needs.

Model stress tolerance

You might learn strategies in therapy that you can impart to your child when she is feeling anxious.

Try to maintain a calm, neutral demeanor in front of your child, even if you are still trying to manage your anxiety. Children are quick to read facial expressions.