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Feeling Anxious at Work? Ask Yourself These Four Questions

Anxiety Vs Negative Emotion

Negative emotions (lack of confidence, toxic energy, fear) can also cause anxiety. The difference between the two is the feeling of being unsafe that comes with anxiety.

When you are anxious, the ability to think clearly is lost, and so is the perspective. Breathing exercises and making space in your mind by slowing down is the first step towards remaining calm in this general state of anxiety.

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Feeling Anxious at Work? Ask Yourself These Four Questions

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Workplace Anxiety

It happens when you feel restless and stuck, and you have a sense of vague fear which leads to unproductiveness. It is an existential feeling that is hard to articulate. A constant sense of 'fight or flight' running inside your mind. To tackle this problem:

  • Recognizing and identifying the feeling.
  • Developing the courage to make meaningful changes.

Anxiety Vs Negative Emotion

Negative emotions (lack of confidence, toxic energy, fear) can also cause anxiety. The difference between the two is the feeling of being unsafe that comes with anxiety.

When you are anxious, the ability to think clearly is lost, and so is the perspective. Breathing exercises and making space in your mind by slowing down is the first step towards remaining calm in this general state of anxiety.

Objectify The Problem

Start journaling, asking specific questions to bring the main issue in focus, to get organized and gain clarity. Ask yourself these four questions:

  1. What feels wrong?
  2. How can the problem be defined?
  3. What are the fears with regards to making changes?
  4. What actions can be taken that would improve the situation?

Taking Action

Anxiety can sometimes be the manifestation of a void in our reality.

  • Taking the help of a trustworthy colleague is a good start to understand the root cause of the problem.
  • Coming in terms with and getting comfortable with the present moment can provide us with clarity on what we need to do to change things.

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Remind yourself how awesome you are with affirmations. Write down affirmations that remind you of your capabilities and strengths and keep them somewhere you can find them if nerves strike.

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Get clear about your feelings

Take a moment to really analyze what you’re feeling and strategize for that.

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Avoidance

Mechanism motto: I’m going to stay as far away from that stressful thing as possible.

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Mechanism motto: There’s no way that’s going to happen.

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