Coping Strategies for Engineers Who are Anxious at Work

When anxiety begins to interfere with your work, you know you need to get help.


Everyone feels anxiety at one point of their life, but there are those who live with deep anxiety that can take a toll on their daily lives including their jobs. If you are one of the millions of people who live with anxiety, you know that common office situations like talking to co-workers in the elevator, or speaking up at a meeting can bring high levels of stress.

You might notice that you have trouble concentrating on work that is in front of you. This can bring about self-doubt, work nightmares, and even depression.

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It is important to understand that, though anxiety is experienced by almost everybody, living and working with anxiety is another story. It can be painful and disruptive, but there are ways to help alleviate some of the stress. Aside from getting yourself a proper diagnosis, consider incorporating these simple coping strategies in your life.

Find the Triggers

It is always important to know what triggers your anxiety. It could be a number of things, like getting negative feedback, waiting for feedback, being put on the spot, or even starting your day with a messy desk. Once you know your triggers, you’ll know how to be ready once one of these triggers begin to take place. I, personally, would close my eyes for a few seconds and take three deep breaths while internalizing the current situations that they are in. If I was given more time especially before a big meeting, I would go to a quiet spot for 5 to 10 minutes and internalize the situation. This way, I was always prepared and ready for what was to come.

Know your grounding technique

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Find that activity which lets you relaxed. Painting, jogging, meditation, yoga, you name it. This will help you build focus at work and keep your mind decluttered from your everyday worries.

Ask for what you need

Know your rights when managing your mental health at work. Ask for reasonable requests from your boss and colleagues that will help you greatly. Like asking them not to send you late night emails unless it is really urgent. Ask your workmates not to rush you with their requests. Ask your boss to allow you a 5 minute breather before a meeting to et your nerves relaxed and ready.

If you explain your needs to them, you will be able to perform more efficiently at work, thus improving productivity.

Set Micro goals

Setting small, achievable goals is always a good way to reach big dreams. This is also especially useful when it comes to anxiety so you won’t be overwhelming yourself

Living with anxiety doesn’t need to be debilitating. As long as you have a good team and boss that supports and understands you, and you are willing to address your problems and do your best to make it work, you’ll be able to create an efficient and productive work environment for yourself and your team.

 

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