In the current recession, with all the fear and anxiety that comes with increasing numbers of layoffs, it’s no wonder that many people worry about their jobs. But this worry can easily get out of control, if you allow it, and this can impact not only your mental health, but also your productivity, and your willingness to take risks at work.
Try these tips to deal with worrying:
Don’t surround yourself with worry and anxiety – For example, if co-workers gather in the break room to gossip and talk about job cuts, then don’t go there and worry with everyone else. Worrying tends to lead to more worrying, and that isn’t good for anyone.
Try deep-breathing exercises – This helps slow your breathing and your heart rate. Breathe in slowly for five seconds, then breathe out slowly for five seconds. Focus on your breathing, and nothing else. Do this at least five times.
Focus on how to improve the situation – If you fear being laid off, and you sit there and worry, that probably won’t help you keep your job. Instead, why not brainstorm ways to bring in more business, and show how valuable you are to the company?
Write down your worries in a worry log – If you find that worries are churning around inside your mind, write them down in a notebook or ‘worry log,’ and then schedule a time to deal with them. Before that time, you can forget about these worries, knowing that you’ll deal with them. When it comes to the time you’ve scheduled, conduct a proper risk analysis around these things, and take whatever actions are necessary to mitigate any risks.
When you’re worried and nervous about something, it can dent your self-confidence and get in the way of you being appropriately assertive. We will be dealing with Self-confidence and Assertiveness in the posts to come.