We are amid some especially anxiety-inducing times. You may be feeling this anxiety in your career more than in other areas of your life. Just in the workplace alone, countless things could be causing you to worry: your salary, coworkers, bosses, workload, promotions, office parties – the list is endless.
For most, there is no way to be anxiety-free but to have a meaningful and successful career by achieving desired goals. It will be necessary to learn to manage your anxiety.
Some search for external help, such as career counselors, others find mentors, and last but not least, many try to search and learn by themselves.
Here we will help those that are in the stage of trying to find answers by themselves. We list a few items that will help you manage your anxiety and reach happiness in your career.
Though it may seem like it, people who can achieve great things and meet their career goals are generally not completely free of anxiety.
Instead, these people are anxiety-aware. Being anxiety aware means accepting that there are plenty of things that can cause you to be anxious and that virtually everyone will feel worried at some point in their lives.
Feeling anxious some of the time can be a good thing. Being completely anxiety adverse just leads to being holed up in a safe space, unable to do anything at all due to fear of something going wrong.
However, being aware of anxiety means being in touch with yourself, recognizing if you have an abnormal and unhealthy amount of stress in your life, and taking steps to reduce it.
Most importantly, anxiety awareness means taking little actions every day to keep your anxiety under control through practicing calmness and stillness.
Staying Calm By Seeing the Big Picture
Calmness concerning anxiety awareness is different from how you probably describe calm in general. It has less to do with your external state and more to do with your internal thoughts and emotions.
It is a combination of mindfulness and creating perspective. Being calm in stressful times requires focusing on the big picture. It is not at all easy and requires much practice.
Learning from those close to you will improve your ability to practice calmness. Speak with your parents, grandparents, and close friends drawing on hard times they have been through and their life lessons. This will allow you to gain life experience through them and put your hardships in perspective when the time comes.
Stillness is equally essential to calmness in managing anxiety. Stillness doesn’t necessarily mean being physically still, although it could be a part of it for some.
Instead, stillness creates a mental space free from emotional “clutter” where you can think and dream free of distraction. For some, this comes naturally. Others have to work at it.
Being still might resemble meditation for some, but it doesn’t have to. It can look very different for different people. Still, the result is the same: disciplining your mind to stay in the present moment, temporarily putting aside all the difficulties and worries of life.
Stillness is a precursor to calmness – if you haven’t spent an adequate amount of time being still when stressful times come, it will be near impossible to put things in perspective and be calm.
A busy career can make it hard to do the everyday things that will keep anxiety in check. It is tempting to settle for a quick and easy fix when life gets busy, but it will cost you big time in the long run.
A small but significant example is eating correctly. It is easier to skip breakfast or grab something quick for lunch at work rather than taking time to get the kinds of foods your body needs.
It may be tempting to get drinks with coworkers after a long day, but taking time to get proper sleep and practicing stillness is essential and has to be balanced with work-life and everything that comes with it. For those in careers where the expectation is “go, go, go” all the time, planning to avoid these daily temptations is crucial.
Managing anxiety is a lifelong struggle. Practicing calmness and stillness, doing the little things to keep anxiety levels in check, and keeping in touch with yourself and your emotions, you will be able to cope with it and have a meaningful and successful life career.
Remember to be aware of your current condition and apply some of the tips recommended in this article. But also, be mindful that, with these suggestions, we do not intend to replace professionals that may be necessary for some situations.