With those caveats out of the way, the following are several strategies for overcoming work anxiety:
- Stay Busy After WorkThe tendency for those with work stress is to go home and try to rest it off. But this leads to a situation that overvalues work, and causes you to be lost in your own thoughts and tensions. Ideally, you should do your best to stay busy after work spending time out with friends and family and replacing the work anxiety memories with new, better memories. Try to avoid moping, and instead live a great life so that your work doesn’t overcome it.
- Exercise Before And/Or AfterExercise has a profound effect on anxiety and mental health, and should be a part of anyone’s life that has a stressful work environment. Exercises releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers – which improve mood and reduce physical discomfort. It also tires muscles to weaken anxiety symptoms and there is some evidence that it burns cortisol (the stress hormone) as well. Exercising before work can reduce stress throughout the work day, and exercising after work can stop the stress from affecting you when you get home.
- Make Work Tasks a GameAnother valuable strategy is to learn to make your tasks into challenges for yourself. Most workplaces have boring, menial tasks. You can time yourself to see how quickly you can complete these tasks, or see how many you can complete in a set time. There are many different ways to make turn your work into a game, and doing so will give you the opportunity to both accomplish more while at work and make your work slightly more enjoyable.
- Make Your Stresses a GameOne strategy that many people find enjoyable is to take the things that stress you at work and turn them into a game. For example, making a bingo card out of all of the issues that come up that cause you stress – like a criticism by the boss, a reward to a slacking off coworker, a rude customer, and so on. Try to come up with as many specific issues as possible, and then turn them into a bingo card. If you get a bingo, treat yourself to something nice. This will cause you to actually hope that certain things happen to you so that you can treat yourself to the reward, and possibly change your mindset about what it is that’s occurring.