Being Mindful of Anxiety in the Workplace

by | Nov 18, 2022 | General, Wellbeing

Providing information to Leaders on dealing with Anxiety within the workplace.

Anxiety doesn’t come with rules, how it looks and feels for one person may be very different for another. I remember when anxiety was described as somebody who ‘suffered with their nerves’ and not really understood, especially in a workplace.

Fortunately we have come to realise that, with 1 in 6 people experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England (ref mind.org), anxiety has a serious impact on our people and we need to understand better. As an organisation it makes sense too, “Creating a mentally healthy workplace boosts productivity, increases profitability and enables everyone to achieve their full potential.” (www.anxietyuk.org.uk/workplace)

As a leader think about that statistic, 1 in 6. How many are in your team?

Are you taking time to consider the mental health of your team, as well as their physical wellbeing and safety?

You don’t have to look far for information about anxiety, it is this week’s topic in Mental Health Awareness Week after all. If you are a leader I urge you to take time out of your week to explore how you can better support individuals in your team affected by anxiety.

Anxiety can affect any of us, it can be a short term reaction to a situation or a long term condition that we have to try to cope with regularly. You might not know that someone you work with closely actually suffers with anxiety. It’s different for everyone.

Learn more about mental illness. Take time to listen to your team without judgement and create an open environment. This will allow your team to feel comfortable and safe to discuss their mental health. Furthermore, take time to think about the work environment. Is it safe? Are the workloads realistic?

Finally, if you are struggling with anxiety here are some helpful links:

What can we do to cope with feelings of anxiety? | Mental Health Foundation

Anxiety and panic attacks – Mind

Information for leaders

Taking care of your staff’s mental health | Mind – Mind

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