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Work-Related Anxiety

Published on Jun 29, 2019 and last reviewed on Jul 15, 2019   -  3 min read


Anxiety is a sensation of fear, worry or nervousness that can be related to anything. Workplace anxiety, as the name suggests, is related to your work and the surroundings.

Work-Related Anxiety

Anxiety is a sensation of fear, worry or nervousness that is caused by anticipation of danger and can be related to anything. Workplace anxiety, as the name suggests, is related to your work.

What causes it?

Some of the common causes include performance stress and issues with colleagues. Even outside the workplace, it can be due to relationship issues, money problems, etc. The following can lead to anxiety:

1. Extended working hours.

2. Increased workload.

3. Changes in work-place or within the organization.

4. Deadlines related to work.

5. Insecurity related to job.

6. Boring or inadequate skills for the job.

7. Changing duties.

8. Constant supervision.

9. Inadequate resources or equipments.

10. Harassing or discriminating workers.

11. Less chances for promotion.

12. Bad relationships with other workers or the boss.

How can it be diagnosed?

The symptoms can be varied according to the cause, and can be anyone of the following:


1. Persistent tiredness and fatigue

2. Headache

3. Difficulty in falling asleep

4. Tension in muscles.

5. GI issues like constipation or diarrhea.

6. Skin disorders like acne.


1. Getting irritated easily

2. Low self-esteem, feeling discouraged.

3. Negative thoughts.

4. Depression.

5. difficulty to cope.

6. Decreased concentration.

7. Difficulty in making decisions.


1. Frequent absenteeism.

2. Irritation, anger, aggression.

3. Decreased creativity or innovative ideas.

4. Interpersonal relationship issues.

5. Low patience or tolerance.

6. Decreased interest.

7. Staying lonely or being isolated.

Why should stress be prevented in work-place?

There are many benefits of reduced stress at work-place and some of them are as follows:

1. Decreased bad effects on mental and physical health of workers.

2. Better production or outcomes.

3. Decrease in injuries, illness, sick-leaves and wastage of time.

4. Increased satisfaction of job.

5. Better well-being of the community and the employee.

How can it be managed?

Since, it is related to both management and the individual, steps taken from both sides will help in managing it.


A person suffering from it can do anyone of the following to relax himself:

1. Focus on the changes you want to bring in the office. Decide what has to be done and then take actions. A few can be done individually and others will need team effort. Plan and work accordingly.

2. You can approach your human resources manager regarding the issues you are facing.

3. Be well-organized. Make priorities. Act upon them accordingly and keep the difficult and important tasks for that time of the day when you are fresh and energetic.

4. Have a balanced diet, exercise regularly.

5. Do yoga, meditation.

6. Have free time that you can spend for and on yourself.

7. Try to avoid showing your stress on your loved ones or others. You can take heir help by discussing your issues with them.

8. Do not fall into the trap of smoking and drinking just to void stress as these can have other serious effects on your body and will not even cure or manage your anxiety.

9. If you are unable to manage, you can always take help of a psychologist or a psychiatrist

10. If this continues, consider changing your job. You can take help of a psychologist or career counselor to choose the job that will suit you.


It is important that the company or employers take care of the emotional, physical and psychological health of their workers. They should take steps to avoid unwanted stress being put on the workers. The following can be done for the same:

1. The work-place should be safe and well-equipped.

2. Training individuals adequately for their job.

3. Take care of working times, deadlines should be given sensibly.

4. Do not over-burden, force or over-stress the workers to finish the work within a very short time. Give a reasonable deadline and try to cut-down overtime.

5. Have a human resource manager to whom workers can approach with their issues.

6. Provide a friendly and free environment where workers can communicate freely about the job and issues.

7. Be considerate and understanding with outside-work or personal lives of the worker in case of emergency or any personal issues.

8. Conduct frequent stress management workshops for employees

If individually, as well as with the help of management and others, the stress or anxiety cannot be managed, seek the help of a professional like a psychiatrist as it can cause more bad effects on your body and mind. With the help of online medical platforms, you can consult the doctor at ease of your home. So, if you feel you have work-related anxiety, go ahead and ask us, we will help you get a detailed management strategy to cope-up with and cure anxiety.


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Frequently Asked Questions


How do people deal with work related anxiety?

Dealing with work-related anxiety can be either done individually or with the help of management and psychologist. Individually, you can bring changes in your lifestyle and the way of dealing with work along with doing some exercises and meditation.


What is Work related anxiety?

It is any physical, emotional or behavioral discomfort or stress related to work-place including people present there.


How can you reduce work related anxiety when you are trying to take a break from work?

Initially, be compassionate to yourself and accept yourself. Make a planned strategy to finish work before and after leave. Talk to your HR about your issues. Exercise regularly and do yoga or meditation.


How can I get rid of work-related anxiety that make me incompetent?

You should talk to your HR or team head regarding getting proper training to learn your work. You can also put efforts by yourself through learning knew skills. Identify what is making you incompetent and get professional help if you are unable to handle it.


How do I overcome depression, stress related to work, anxiety and overthinking?

Identify the cause and make a strategy to manage it either individually or with the help of your team. Get medical help if required. Do yoga and meditation. Eat healthy. If nothing works, try to change the job, you can get guided by a psychologist or career counselor regarding this.


Women and men manage job stress differently?

Women have to face more job stress than men personally as well due to family and personal issues. Harassment is more for them as compared to men. Hence, level and efforts to manage it differs too. Though the baseline for management remains same.


work related anxiety symptoms?

The symptoms can be either physical like tiredness, GI disorders, increased muscle tension, etc., or psychological like poor concentration, incompetency, anxiety or depression etc., or behavioral like too much of absence, irritation, low patience, etc.


how to prevent anxiety attack?

Have patience, positive thoughts. Make a planned strategy for work and do time management. Eat healthy and exercise regularly along with yoga or meditation. Have good relationships with all outside and inside work-place, stay motivated and active.


work related anxiety test?

A psychologist perform some tests based on the symptoms and finally, the end result will declare your condition. There are online tests available, especially on some medical platforms for the same to guide you whether you need immediate attention or not.


Work related anxiety treatment?

There is no treatment as such but it can be managed with bringing changes in individual and the work-place both. If required, a professional help may be taken. Do not consume alcohol or smoking as it will cause more harm in future than helping you

Last reviewed at:
15 Jul 2019  -  3 min read




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