Today, people are working even longer hours than they used to decades ago. Even though we already have various applications and software to help us with repetitive tasks, most office workers today are clocking in additional hours of work to stay at the top of their game.
Working hard for the money might sound like a positive thing, but it isn’t. Workplace anxiety has become a deadly consequence, so much so that employees are trying to find ways to feel more at ease and maintain a tranquil mind and body, despite handling an avalanche of tasks.
Indeed, work pressures can lead to anxiety and, at the worst, depression. To avoid going on this path, it is imperative for office employees to be more aware of the things they need to do in order to stay productive, focused, and more purpose-driven.
Take a breather
If you are faced with an overwhelming amount of work you will have to finish on a tight schedule, the most obvious way to react is to get angry and feel hopeless — which, of course, does nothing except to paralyze you in your tracks.
No one likes to process a large amount of paperwork or draft a proposal to be presented at a board meeting the week after. Then again, there is no such thing as easy work. You will have to accomplish something at the end of the day, and if you feel like your gears are grinding from the pressure, take a good ten minutes away from your desk and breathe. Short intermittent breaks for every hour of work is always good in preventing you from burning out.
Seek help from an expert
Most companies nowadays provide free psychological and physical health services for their employees. But aside from these services, you can also get another health expert to better address anxiety.
In this sense, functional medicine is the best way to go since practitioners in this field utilize effective treatment approaches. Psychological counselling is one such approach that goes a long way in terms of getting to the root cause of anxiety and determines how best to eliminate and prevent it.
Avoid workplace toxicity
Toxic environments are a bane to the modern workplace, specifically because they impact the way employees perform. Backbiting co-workers can make the office more grueling than it already is.
Sure, you can never avoid toxic environments wherever you go, but you can always ignore it by concentrating on your tasks and ignoring all the negativity that surrounds you. As simple as that.
Be honest in asking for help
Ask anyone, even supervisors and your boss. There’s no way you can complete a daunting task without asking for any help from a colleague.
Too much confidence can bring about the right conditions for anxiety to foster. Along with pride, it can also lead you to complicated situations you think you can handle. You can still stay on top of your game by simply asking for assistance. There’s no shame in that. It only shows that you have the same vulnerability to stress as anyone else, so it is always important to let someone help you when things get ultra-hard.