Stress and anxiety can be a direct result of issues you are dealing with at home or they can be attributed to a chaotic work environment. At times, it is hard to put our outside lives aside and not let them affect our ability to work. On the other hand, it is also difficult to leave stressful situations that arise in the workplace at work, and not bring them home to also affect families and our daily lives. What are some things you can do to minimize these feelings and maximize your effectiveness at work?

Whether you are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or you feel panicky from time to time, it can be challenging to face the day when you feel stressed. The stress and anxiety may become so great that you avoid staff get togethers, turn down potential job promotions, pass on traveling for work engagements or make up excuses to get out of an event. All of these situations can have a major impact on your career and your ultimate success. 

First, identify what is causing the stress. Some common precursors include the following:

  • Engaging in personal and work relationships

  • Giving presentations to a group 

  • Setting appointments and meeting tight deadlines

  • Problem solving difficult issues that may arise

  • Getting to work on time

Once you have an idea of what is causing the anxiety, you can deal with the issue directly. Talk to your supervisor about your anxiety and see if there is a way to modify your task to minimize the anxiety.