5 Ways Anxiety Can Sabotage Your Work Performance (and How to Keep It at Bay)
If you feel on edge these days, you're not alone: most people have experienced an uptick in stress, depression, and anxiety over the past year, according to the American Psychological Association. It's been a seventh-inning stretch of curveballs, as we've all adjusted to remote working, endless Zoom calls, and attempting to find a work-life balance. However, being in a state of constant angst can be a productivity killer and career saboteur, warns Amanda Augustine, a career expert at TopResume.
"[Anxiety] often rears its ugly head in the workplace when you're feeling especially stressed about an impending deadline, an important meeting or presentation, or a project that's forcing you out of your comfort zone," she says.
What does anxiety look like? It often causes easy-to-detect symptoms like a fast heart rate, sweating, rapid breathing, and bouts of fatigue. "And, if you suffer from an anxiety disorder, these intense feelings of nervousness, excessive worry, or fear can seemingly come out of nowhere, consuming your day and interfering with your work-life," Augustine adds.
If you feel as if you aren't able to cope, it's essential to seek help from a mental health professional. However, there are some self-coping mechanisms you can turn to, as recommended by career experts and psychologists. Here are some of the biggest ways anxiety can impact performance and frame of mind in a professional setting—and how to work through it.