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5 Strategies to Cope With On-the-Job Anxiety

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, here are 5 strategies to cope with on-the-job anxiety.

Clinicians often find themselves practicing under significant stress, which takes a toll on both mind and body. Depression, anxiety, and emotional and occupational stress not only lead to burnout but also impact mental health.  In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, here are 5 strategies to cope with on-the-job anxiety.

1. SELF-TALK

If anxiety begins to overpower your thoughts, push back with some positivity. Give yourself a pep talk before you head into the office or operatory. Use self-empowering mantras to quiet those negative views.

2. FOCUS ON YOU

Carving out time for exercise after a busy day in the office is essential to keeping stress away. Exercise is only one element that factors into creating a balanced mind and body, as hitting the treadmill or lifting weights helps relieve stress. However, what you eat is also important. Because caffeine can fuel anxiety and keep you from reaching the optimal goal of 7 hours to 9 hours of sleep, it is important to watch what you consume. 

3. SELF-CARE

Setting a few hours, or an entire day, aside to focus on you can be difficult. Instead of feeling guilty that you aren’t running errands, devoting time to family and friends, or tending to other less enjoyable activities, remind yourself that everyone deserves time alone. Go for a run, hit a yoga class, read a book, or take a nap—focus on you. 

4. DEEP BREATHING

Dealing with difficult patients or an uncomfortable situation can be stressful. Focused breathing can help calm those on-edge nerves and realign focus. If you find yourself becoming anxious, take some deep breaths and refocus your thoughts. 

5. SEEK HELP

Help break the stigma tied to mental health problems by talking to close friends, family, or a professional about your personal experiences. If you need help managing a mental health illness, several resources are available, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness

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