I’ve suffered from anxiety and panic disorder for as long as I can remember. This topic has always been close to my heart, yet seriously difficult to discuss.
When you feel like your mental health is on the rocks and you’re just one stressor away from a breakdown, it really impacts your confidence. The prospect of working a job or having any sort of commitment can be terrifying.
Over the years, I have learned how to cope and implemented some techniques during the work day that keep me feeling on top of my game.
Practice positive affirmations
If I’m feeling a little down, I like to go on Pinterest and look at positive affirmations and inspiring quotes! These never fail to pick me up. Repeating simple statements to yourself can really improve your mood and give you that boost of confidence you’re needing.
Some of my favorites:
- “I’ve survived all of the difficult moments of my past.”
- “All situations are temporary.”
- “I am a positive being, aware of my potential.”
Remember to breathe
When you feel yourself getting stressed, just stop what you’re doing and take a moment to breathe. Remind yourself that everything is going to be okay and that you CAN do it.
Every stressful situation that you encounter will teach you an important lesson, and ultimately, make you a stronger and more experienced person. Breathe in confidence and breathe out all of your fears.
Make lists and set goals
Sometimes, it can feel like you’re losing control and there just isn’t enough hours in the day. Luckily, with just a pen and paper, this can be easily solved!
I love nothing more than a good list. Every single day, I write down the tasks that I need to accomplish for that day in the order that they need to be done. Often, I’ll even write down the specific time that I’m going to complete it. This takes away a LOT of stress for me. If I have extra time, I’ll make a list of the stuff I need to get done the next time I come into work.
These are some of my tips for keeping mental health issues (mine personally being anxiety) at bay during work. For more tips, I recommend checking out the blog Get Your Anxiety Together, Girl, which has a lot more great coping techniques. It’s also a great place for a candid conversation about mental health. And remember– you’re not alone! You can do whatever you put your mind to.