Anxiety at Work: Strategies for Coping


In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environments, it’s not uncommon for individuals to experience anxiety related to their job...

In today’s fast-paced and demanding work environments, it’s not uncommon for individuals to experience anxiety related to their job responsibilities, workplace dynamics, and career aspirations. In this blog post, we’ll explore the various sources of anxiety in the workplace, practical strategies for coping, and the importance of seeking support when needed.

Anxiety at work can stem from a variety of factors, including:

  • High Expectations: Pressure to meet deadlines, achieve targets, or excel in performance evaluations can lead to heightened anxiety and stress.
  • Workload and Time Management: Feeling overwhelmed by a heavy workload, tight deadlines, or competing priorities can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Perfectionism: Striving for perfection and fearing mistakes or criticism can fuel anxiety and self-doubt.
  • Interpersonal Conflict: Conflicts with colleagues, supervisors, or clients can create a tense and stressful work environment.
  • Job Insecurity: Concerns about job stability, layoffs, or career advancement can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.
  • Work-Life Balance: Difficulty balancing work responsibilities with personal obligations and self-care can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and burnout.

While workplace anxiety is common, it’s essential to develop effective coping strategies to manage stress and mitigate its impact on mental health and well-being. Here are some practical strategies for coping with anxiety at work:

  1. Identify Triggers: Pay attention to the specific situations, tasks, or interactions that trigger anxiety for you. By identifying your triggers, you can develop targeted strategies for managing and coping with anxiety more effectively.
  2. Practice Stress Management Techniques: Incorporate stress management techniques into your daily routine to promote relaxation and resilience. Techniques such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety levels.
  3. Set Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life to prevent burnout and overwhelm. Set realistic expectations for yourself and communicate boundaries with colleagues and supervisors to prioritise self-care and well-being.
  4. Practice Assertive Communication: Assertive communication involves expressing your thoughts, feelings, and needs clearly and respectfully. Assertiveness can help you set boundaries, address conflicts, and advocate for yourself effectively in the workplace.
  5. Take Regular Breaks: Schedule regular breaks throughout the workday to rest, recharge, and rejuvenate. Step away from your desk, go for a short walk, or engage in a brief mindfulness exercise to clear your mind and reduce stress.
  6. Engage in Activities Outside of Work: Cultivate hobbies, interests, and social connections outside of work to provide balance and fulfillment in your life. Engaging in activities you enjoy can help reduce stress, boost mood, and improve overall well-being.


In conclusion, anxiety at work is a common experience that can impact mental health and well-being. It is important to identify the triggers that make you feel anxious and manage them with techniques such as stress management. 

If you would like to enquire about mental health care at Cardinal Clinic, you can call us on 01753 869755. Alternatively, if you wish to refer yourself for mental health care, you can complete our self referral form.

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*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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