Anxiety disorders are the most common in the United States, with nearly 40 million adults affected by them each year. Symptoms of anxiety often include fatigue or restlessness, sweating, hypervigilance, irritability, racing thoughts, excessive worry, insomnia, nausea, heart palpitations, and more. These symptoms can take place at any time and place – including the workplace. Anxiety itself is defined as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” Some people get anxiety about specific instances, even job-related instances, while others just have general anxiety. If you have been struggling with some form of anxiety, you may be wondering if you should tell those you work with. After all, you spend quite a bit of time with them, and you feel it may help them understand you more.
Previous studies have shown that anxiety disorders lead to an average of 5.5 work days of reduced productivity per month, and those with anxiety disorders are 1.5 times more at risk for being absent for at least 2 weeks than those without anxiety. In addition to missing days at work and losing productivity, you may be struggling to sleep at night, especially if you’re anxious to go to work the next day. What should you do? The first step would be to speak with someone from your Human Resources Department. Ask them what suggestions they would have for someone with anxiety; does your company offer an employee assistance program related to mental health? If your anxiety is related to work only, consider what may be causing the anxiety and what could be done to ease that anxiety a little more:
- Could you ask for more autonomy or control over projects at work?
- Do you need a more balanced schedule?
- Are you struggling to get adequate support from your coworkers?
- Could you request more break periods throughout the day or a modified work space?
If your coworkers are open with you about their mental health, you may wish to do the same. This could enhance the team workplace, as you all get to know each other on a deeper level. However, if your anxiety is centered around one of the subjects above or something related, you may want to consider speaking with your direct supervisor.
The Center for Workplace Health states that employers can help facilitate recovery and well-being by offering educational programs, employee health programs, accommodations at work, and more. If you already know your workplace is progressive in this area, it could be beneficial for you to disclose. Speaking with the HR Department could help you find out more about what your company offers for those with mental disorders.
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