Anxiety is a big issue in the lives of millions of people. It affects us in so many different ways, for so many different reasons.
The workplace can be a stressful place, that can be a big trigger for anxiety, and performance can be a big one.
Work based anxiety was a big problem for me for a long time. It would affect my performance, causing forgetfulness, which led to things going wrong. I would get all nervous and shaky whenever there was a meeting, or whenever my manager would ask to speak with me. This can be frustrating if you really want to do well, and to progress.
But thankfully, I found some really helpful ways to change my thinking patterns, and my lifestyle, that made a huge difference in the way I think about work, and in my confidence in the workplace. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing a few of these things. Here’s the first example:
When we are feeling anxious, often the last thing we want to do is face it head on and ask for some help. We want to hide away and hope it all goes away!
Counsellors are there to guide us through the process of exploring our problems, and finding some of the underlying things, maybe from the past, that have been keeping us limited. Honestly, it took some courage to take that step, but I do not regret it one bit! Getting it all out in the open was something I found very empowering, and when I was able to identify what it was that was causing the anxiety in the first place, it helped me to take charge of my thinking, and dramatically changed my perspective of myself in relation to work, and performance.
So go and sign up for counselling! You won’t regret it!