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Managing Anxiety At Work

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Anxiety is a common and natural response to the pressures of the workplace. As we navigate deadlines, meetings, and demands, it's important to recognize the signs of anxiety and learn effective strategies to manage it. The "Managing anxiety at work" session is designed to help participants gain insights into recognizing common anxiety triggers in the workplace and learn practical strategies to overcome them.

Recognizing Common Anxiety Triggers


  • Feelings of overwhelm and lack of control over the workload can trigger anxiety.
  • Recognizing unrealistic expectations and learning to prioritize tasks can help manage workload-related anxiety.

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Tensions with colleagues or conflicts with managers can contribute to workplace anxiety.
  • Building healthy boundaries and improving communication skills can alleviate interpersonal relationship-related anxiety.


  • Ambiguity about job security, career progression, and organizational changes can fuel anxiety.
  • Finding ways to cope with uncertainty and focusing on what can be controlled can reduce anxiety related to these triggers.

Strategies to Manage Anxiety

Setting Boundaries

  • Learning to say no to additional tasks when feeling overwhelmed can help maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  • Setting clear boundaries around work hours and personal time can provide a sense of control and reduce anxiety.

Managing Workload

  • Prioritizing tasks and breaking them down into manageable steps can prevent feeling overwhelmed.
  • Communicating with managers about workload challenges and seeking support when necessary can be an effective strategy to manage workload-related anxiety.

Improving Communication

  • Open and honest communication with colleagues and managers can alleviate anxiety stemming from interpersonal conflicts.
  • Seeking clarification when needed and expressing concerns in a constructive manner can foster a supportive work environment.

How October Can Help

October offers digital group sessions, assessments, and content about mental health that can complement the strategies discussed in the session. Participants can benefit from accessing resources to further develop their coping skills and enhance their well-being in the workplace.

In conclusion, managing anxiety at work requires a combination of self-awareness, effective communication, and practical strategies to cope with workplace stressors. By recognizing common anxiety triggers and implementing the strategies discussed, employees can cultivate a healthier and more manageable work experience.

Remember, it's okay to seek support and prioritize your mental health in the workplace. Taking steps to manage anxiety can contribute to a more productive and fulfilling work environment for everyone.

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