In this mini-series, I am sharing some things I did that helped me beat the anxiety that was holding me back from being my best at work.
Anxiety can be really bad for your focus and attention to detail. When there is chaos in your mind, it can really flow out into the practical parts of our lives. I have often read stuff that talks about how exercise is scientifically proven to improve your mental functioning, as well as your physical health. When I really decided to embark on a mission to beat the anxiety I was experiencing at work, one of the things I started to do was running. And, let me tell you, the Couch to 5K app was a game changer.
It’s a nine week series of podcasts that guide you through intervals of running and walking. The idea is that you do it three times a week, gradually building up to being able to run non stop for 30 minutes. It’s such a confidence builder, as you can see your progress week on week as you push past your limits.
Within a couple of weeks of consistently following the programme, I noticed a new sharpness and precision in my thinking, and in my ability to focus. The amount of mistakes I was making reduced dramatically, and my managers noticed this.
If you don’t believe me, have a read of this article from the Guardian which goes into more detail about the science behind it...