Whether it’s school work or some boring desk job, things can get stressful fast. Maybe you’re losing confidence in your work, or you’re worried about a looming deadline. All and all, you might get freaked out anxiety ridden. Times are tough right now, the virus has made it difficult for everyone to adjust to near structureless work environments.
On the other hand there are some minor advantages that comes with working at home. One of which I’ll discuss on the second point. While these might be more applicable to a COVID work environment, keep in mind these can still prove useful. So here are three great ways to reduce anxiety at work.
1. Take care of the fundamentals
What do I mean by fundamentals? Some of the articles I’ve written in the past cover general tips that can improve anxiety and depression. While they are generally obvious, it’s important to bring them up.
If you’re feeling more anxious at work than normal, try and start adjusting your diet. It might not be easy, but try a Mediterranean diet if you can. That, or try to cut down on sugar.
Also make sure to exercise regularly. You don’t have to break your back, just try to be somewhat active. I’d recommend cardio, as it’s pretty easy to get started with and doesn’t take a lot of thought.
Lastly, make sure you get better sleep. While it’s easier said than done, I recommend using melatonin for restless nights. If you’re on a bad sleep cycle, progressively go to bed an hour earlier than you normally would. Do this until you’re at where you want to be. Alternatively you can wake up earlier than normal, but that’s a bit unpleasant.
2. Go for a walk
While this advice works well for general anxiety, I think it can help a lot more-so in a work situation. Assuming you’re working from home, there are some advantages. While working from home can be generally unpleasant, it also gives you more flexibility for work pacing.
In other words, you will have more time to take breaks when you need to. The lack of structure can make it difficult to determine when you should take breaks, so you’ll have to find what works for you. If you feel like you’re making little progress in what you’re doing, go for a walk. It can help you clear your head, while also giving you a more calm environment to think around.
While I can’t speak for everyone, I found that going on walks helped me write numerous papers and projects in college. Just try it!
3. Try doodling/fidgeting
While doodling is generally frowned upon, sources like Harvard Medical School, say we shouldn’t. It cites presidents like JFK and Theodore Roosevelt who often doodled in their downtime. If the leader of the free world has the time to doodle, so do you.
In essence, when you start to doze off, you’re very likely to start doodling. This is your brain giving itself stimulus in an effort to pay attention. So rest assured, you aren’t lazy. It really works too, a study they cite found that doodling can help memory retention significantly.
Like the article states, this is a type of fidgeting, which can vary. If doodling isn’t your style, there is a way to capture the same feeling alternatively. For this I’d recommend desk toys. This can be anything from a newton’s cradle to a couple of magnets. While it might seem like you’re wasting your time, you’re actually helping your brain get the job done.
Once again, thank you for reading. The situation with COVID-19 seems like it’s cooling down, but be patient. Try to hang in there until this is all over, because there is still a ways to go. Just know that things will get better.
If anyone reading has a question they might want to ask me regarding how I’ve improved my mental wellness or anything else, feel free to email me.