How To Stop Anxiety At Work In 3 Steps

Do you struggle with work anxiety? Here’s how to stop anxiety at work in 3 steps.

Work anxiety is the anxiety that you experience at work.

I know how terrible work anxiety feels because I also struggled with this for a long time.

Work anxiety not only paralyzes you mentally, but it can also paralyze you physically.

One of the major causes of work anxiety is worrying about the future and how people may react to your actions or your work.

The only way to stop work anxiety is to remember that you are only responsible for your intention, not your reception.

By setting a positive intention and allowing that intention to guide your thoughts, words, and actions—you have fulfilled your highest function. The rest is not up to you.

Follow these 3 steps to put a stop to your work anxiety.

1. Call Out The Anxious Thoughts

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The first step to stopping work anxiety is to call out the anxious thoughts you’re having.

Whether you are future tripping about a massive project or worrying about what your boss will think about your presentation, simply witness and identify the negative story that is replaying in your mind.

As I explain in Feeling Good, calling out a negative thought helps you remember you are not the negative thought.

You are the observer of that thought.

This remembrance creates the necessary distance for you to reclaim your power over your thought system.

When you realize that you are simply having an anxious thought, this allows you to choose another thought—a thought that better serves you.

2. Forgive Yourself For Having Negative Thoughts

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The second step to stopping work anxiety is to forgive yourself for having anxious thoughts.

The reason why people are afraid to confront their negative thoughts is that they don’t want to take responsibility for them.

But you can’t have it both ways.

By giving up your ability to choose negative thoughts, you relinquish your ability to choose positive thoughts.

The key to transcending the feeling of guilt over having negative thoughts is radical self-forgiveness.

Instead of beating yourself up over your anxious thoughts, forgive yourself and celebrate your desire to make a positive shift.

Say this prayer to your higher self to shift your thinking back to positivity, “I forgive myself for having these negative thoughts. I’m willing to see this situation differently.”

Negative thoughts show you how you don’t want to feel, so you can clarify how you do want to feel.

Forgiving yourself dissolves the past and grounds you back into the present moment where you can always begin again.

3. Remember Why You’re Here

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The final step to stopping anxiety at work is to remember your truest intention.

In other words, why are you here?

Repeat this affirmation from A Course In Miracles and make it your mantra at work, “I am here only to be truly helpful.”

This affirmation is incredibly useful for reorganizing your perception back to a loving place regardless of the situation you’re in.

Worrying about what your boss might say? I am here only to be truly helpful.

A customer is being unkind? I am here only to be truly helpful.

Anxious about the upcoming meeting? I am here only to be truly helpful.

Your job is not to fix everyone’s problems. Your job is not to save the world. Your job is to just be helpful.

When you remember that your only function is to just be truly helpful and you act in accordance with your intention, all anxiety about the future will subside.

Because you know that you have done the best you can at that moment.