Work Anxiety Symptoms

The number of people experiencing unhealthy anxiety at work is staggering. But what are the work anxiety symptoms to look out for?

Unhealthy Work Anxiety is typically caused by:

1. Low self-esteem for various reasons;

2. Thinking you are going to be ‘found out’ that you’re not really fit for the job;

3. Feeling like you need to know the answer to EVERYTHING;

4. Being asked to do a presentation, where everyone will see how incompetent you really are.

As a result, your work anxiety will cause you to:

1. OVER-ESTIMATE the perceived ‘danger’;

2. And UNDER-ESTIMATE your ability to deal with the perceived danger.

UNDERSTANDING WORK ANXIETY:

Trigger Situation:

Work Presentation

Thoughts:

‘I can’t do it.’

‘Everyone will see how incompetent I am.’

Feelings:

Terrified.

Angry.

Incompetent.

Tearful.

Physical Symptoms:

Lack of sleep.

Nausea.

Throwing up.

Headache.

Resulting Behavior:

Employ ‘Escape or Avoidance’ tactic.

Feel temporary relief.

Next Presentation’s Coming Up:

Vicious Circle starts again.

ANXIETY FEARS WERE NOT CHALLENGED & SYMPTOMS GET WORSE.

realization you need help.

Work Anxiety Symptoms:

1. Short-term, mild to moderate anxiety symptoms: feeling sick, hot, cold, shaky, sweaty;

2. Severe anxiety symptoms, going on for a long time: lack of sleep, lack of appetite, loss of interest in work/ social activities, may lead to a full-blown panic attacks, low mood;

3. Avoiding coming to work on ‘critical days’delivering a presentation, group meetings etc;

4. Escaping from work place just before the dreaded events take place.

Sounds familiar?

If it does, you may be experiencing Work Anxiety Symptoms.

But there are things you can do to TURN THINGS AROUND.

This is what you do:

a) Look honestly at the perceived danger. Is it real? What exactly are you afraid of? What is going on? Don’t stop until you come up with REAL REASONS FOR FEELING LIKE THIS.

b) Have you done this before? What did you do in similar situations? Why is it so different now? Get real with yourself, keep asking yourself these questions and remind yourself of previous successes in similar situations.

c) Escaping and/or avoiding situations you fear is not the way to help your Anxiety. TEST your fears- use F E A R (Face Everything And Recover) to stand up to UNHEALTHY WORK ANXIETY.

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