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How Can Job Anxiety Affect My Mental Health And Workplace Performance?

How Can Job Anxiety Affect My Mental Health And Workplace Performance?

It’s normal to feel occasional worry over future projects, deadlines, or meetings, but if you’re experiencing constant panic or fear, incessant worrying, racing heart, and more, you may be struggling with anxiety. If so, you’re not alone – the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that 72% of employees who report anxiety or stress says it interferes with their daily lives at least moderately, and 40% of employees who tend to report anxiety say that it’s persistent. Furthermore, 56% of employees with anxiety say that it directly affects their workplace performance, relationship with coworkers, quality of work, and relationship with superiors. If not taken care of soon, job anxiety can develop into a full-blown anxiety disorder or other related illness.

A study conducted by a researcher in the United Kingdom sought to explore the cause-and-effect relationships between job anxiety, work-related psychological illness, and workplace performance. A total of 1,733 workplaces were recruited for the study, with 21,796 employees total. Results indicated the following:

  • Job anxiety seems to increase with higher education, potentially as more job demands increase.
  • Job anxiety seems to increase with tenure, which could be due to increased responsibilities.
  • Co-worker job anxiety was actually shown to increase one’s own job anxiety, producing the “spillover” effect
  • Job anxiety is linked with increased absence from work
  • Higher levels of job anxiety are linked with lower levels of productivity

In order to best manage your anxiety at work, you need to seek treatment so that you can develop the tools you need to move forward from negative or unproductive thoughts. Anxious minds can often stay active in this negative cycle, causing more harm than good. Formal treatment may assist you with the following:

  • Identifying negative thought patterns
  • Combatting them with positive, healthy coping skills such as what is shown in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and more
  • Providing you with a safe space to release some of your worries and frustrations while navigating your workplace role and identity
  • Assisting you with your next steps forward in your journey towards healing and balance

Take the time you need to uncover your anxieties and work past them. Recovery takes time, but it is always worth it in the end.

If you haven’t already, speak with someone from a professional treatment center to learn more about programs to best suit your needs. Optimal recovery is possible, and you are not alone in your pursuit for happiness, health, and wellbeing.

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