4 Steps on Overcoming Workplace Anxiety

One thing that’s certainly not covered in orientation is the feeling of workplace anxiety! Here are 4 steps to help overcome these feelings and doubts you may be experiencing while on the job.

  1. You’re not an imposter

Great! You just got hired for a new job and you’re super happy about it! But there’s a part of you that feels that you’re not suited for this position and your skills just aren’t enough. This feeling is called the “imposter syndrome” and nearly 70% of people suffer from this feeling at least once in their life.

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is defined as “a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.”

Overcoming this feeling can be difficult, and it starts by addressing your inner thoughts about yourself. Take some time to do some deep reflecting and write down the reasons why you feel you’re not equipped for this position. With every point you come up with, write 3 counterpoints on why you are qualified! I mean after-all… You were hired for this job for a reason.

2. Try to expand your circle

There’s a good chance that other people in your workplace are also feeling what you’re feeling. As mentioned before, at least 70% of people feel this way! So, there’s a good chance that some of the new hires are also feeling similar doubts. Being open and honest can help to create an open and honest workspace.

3. Eliminate other life stressors

For most people work is a stressful environment, regardless of if workplace anxiety is added into the mix. By trying your best to keep your life outside of work stress-free can make going to work a lot easier. Your home should be a safe haven where you can recharge and recoup.

4. Use your anxiety to your advantage

Did you know that many people who have a form of anxiety are chronic overachievers? Next time you’re feeling anxious try and pinpoint what exactly you’re most anxious about. If you’re anxious about work performance, just remember that anxiety can be used as a tool to help you push yourself to your limit of achievement. 

Workplace anxiety is real but it is possible to overcome these feelings and begin to feel confident and worthy while at work. Don’t lose sight of your goals and keep pushing yourself. You are fully capable of anything you put your mind to.

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