It should come as no surprise that today's workplace is problematic when it comes to mental health. There are three issues that are at the forefront of today's workplace problems:
1. Most people have jobs that are progressively becoming more sedentary.
2. There is very little social interaction now that most communication takes place online.
3. Problems with the economy makes it harder to find new jobs if your current job brings you too much stress.
All of these create an environment that damages mental health, which is why people are consistently describing their work life as stressful, reducing their productivity and hurting their personal lives. It should come as no surprise, then, that companies that focus on healthy work environments gain a competitive edge, and that employees live with far better job and life satisfaction.
But how can you create a work life that is less stressful, especially if your job consists of sitting for extended periods of time and dealing with upset customers or coworkers. Let's look at some brief tips that may help you combat the anxiety of your work life.
Tips for Reducing Anxiety
Have Mobile Meetings
You need to stay active at work. Sitting all day causes your body to react, and the lack of mobility is also simply unhealthy. Obviously if you need to sit a computer at work all day you can't always get up and stay active, but if you don't need to be by a computer, you should consider finding a way to be mobile and move. Schedule a meeting where you talk while you walk, or get up and do jumping jacks every hour to keep your blood flowing. This will all reduce the stress of immobility on your body.
Eat, Drink, Sleep
Maintaining a healthy life routine is also important. That means you need to get a full night's sleep, eat breakfast and lunch, and make sure you're staying as hydrated as possible. If you don't like water, consider drinking tea all day. Some kinds of tea may be beneficial for stress as well, and the warmness of the tea could be soothing.
Make Work Fun
It doesn't matter how much you dislike your career – there are always ways to make work fun. Challenging yourself to do your tasks faster, or decorating your desk, or coming to work with a funny shirt hidden beneath your suit – it doesn't matter how tough your job is, there is always a way to make work more fun.
Have a Personal Life
If you suffer from much stress and anxiety at home, you're going to suffer from even more at work. So you should also take some time to work on your personal life – stay active with your friends and family and plan events and activities for you to do every day. Laziness in your off time is only going to contributed to a greater amount of stress at work, which in turn is going to make your personal life even worse.
Seek Anxiety Treatments
If you are simply suffering from mild to moderate anxiety, you probably don't need to start on any medications or even see a counselor – although those are always options you can consider. But you can also reduce your anxiety symptoms through relaxation techniques, or by taking a natural herb like kava, or by exercising more, and so on. All of these are options for fighting off your anxiety.
Become Anxiety Free
The modern workplace is a nightmare for those that are trying to maintain good mental health. Staying active and healthy is going to be the first step in treating it, and from there you need to find your own relaxation tools and make sure that you're acknowledging your anxiety and looking for ways to find your life more relaxing and enjoyable.
About the Author:
Ryan Rivera works with businesses and individuals on reducing their anxiety, and has tips for those that want to learn more about anxiety at www.calmclinic.com.