What work situations, things and people trigger your anxiety?
Some work-related triggers include:
👉A memory of trauma
👉Conflicts with manager / colleagues
👉Bullying and harassment
They may result to physical symptoms such as:
Difficulty breathing or swallowing;
Flushed face or chest;
Sleep and appetite difficulty.
Good work practice suggests that work life ought to be separate and distinct from home life. This disregards the several other roles or ‘hats’ that we play in life. They include being a teacher, police officer, manager, support worker, social worker, director, marketer, influencer, parent, child, sibling, carer, neighbour, entrepreneur, etc.
These roles or ‘hats’ are interconnected, affect, and influence each other. People have the innate abilities and talents to joggle these roles. However, whilst growing up lots of distractions move us from our inner self, knowing, strength and power to depend on external strength, power, and direction with its limitations to serve others, and systems without paying attention to the self who executes the tasks.
We are being prepared to get into the job market from young ages. Once ready, you get a job thinking you’ve got it all. Only to realise that things are far away from the reality you envisaged.
You start struggling to manage with yourself because you do not even know who you are. The added pressure from work and other roles weighs you down.
Yet you are expected to leave your ‘baggage’ or ‘troubles’ at home whilst at work to optimise your performance.
Is this realistic or not?
HSE, UK statistics by the Labour Force Survey for 2019/2020 indicated that 828,000 (51%) workers suffered from work-related stress; 17.9 million (55%) working days were lost. Statistics by industry from the highest 1) electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply; 2) public administration and defence; 3) human health and social work activities; 4) education. More females than males are affected by work related stress.
Just imagine how these numbers must have skyrocketed during the period of the COVID pandemic!
My question is ‘What skills have you been equipped with to handle these varied roles successfully?’
Are you able to identify the work situations, things and people that trigger your anxiety?
Remember that these are all triggers to ‘wounds’ or ‘internal hurts’ that already exist.
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