Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Whether we want to accept it or not, anxiety is part of our daily lives. People are afraid of being rejected by colleagues, of failing to meet deadlines or the boss' expectations. The same feeling can also spread in our private lives and is a sign of solidarity with family or friends because we want our interaction to be perfect and the people around us to be happy, safe and healthy.
I have 3 tips on how to avoid or manage anxiety at work:
1. Build up your self-esteem
If you don't trust yourself, who would do this instead of you? Self-esteem cannot be bought or discovered but is learned over time. Try to stick to the tasks you can accomplish as a professional, where you can exceed expectations and not just compete with colleagues in other areas because of your pride. In the latter case, you will lose. Every person is valuable and every dream brings us closer to our career plans. Learn not to judge other people and don't let others judge you.
2. Be thankful for today
Find happiness in the small tasks you can do every day and be grateful for the job and boss you have. Just think of your last job. Do you understand what I mean? There is always room for improvement, but there are also many worst situations... Also be grateful for your health, salary, friendly colleagues and career plans.
3. Use self-criticism positively
People tend to blame their colleagues, the boss, the company, the system, even the government for every mistake. You should learn not to feel like a victim, helpless and disappointed. Instead of doing this, I would recommend that you learn from your mistakes and consider them as positive experiences for the future way in which you can better deal with these repeated or similar situations. Failure brings you one step closer to success.
Each of these steps won’t happen like magic, but it is best to be aware of the effects of anxiety in the workplace in order to reduce the impact. A workplace is not like a school where you should attend strict schedules and meet intimidating teachers, but it is the place where you don't have to be afraid of your colleagues, agendas or your bosses.