There is nothing worse than having an anxiety attack at work or even being anxious at work and I know I must of talked about it before but I want to make a point.
We have all had those desperate days at work where you know a panic attack is coming so you are frantically googling “How to stop a panic attack at work” and all these things come up like; Go somewhere private. Deep Breathe. Do breathing exercises. Do light stretching at your desk.
The fact is, for a lot of people this is very difficult and practically impossible. When I am in office, we sit in a line with people adjacent to us as it is a large commercial office building and is all very open. Work is the most important thing and I can’t just be seen taking random breaks and doing breathing exercises, they just wouldn’t get it.
Often I will only be triggered if I must have a sit down conversation with a colleague or I am talking on the phone. I don’t know why these things happen and I don’t know why they always make me want to cry but they do. Then I nearly do and it’s humiliating, a grown women about to cry….not a good look.
So what I would encourage is:
- Drink lots of water, if in a conversation with someone, as I find that my voice can go croaky if I am nervous.
- Go to the bathroom if you think you are about to cry or have a panic attack, or if it’s lunch or break, go find a private room/ empty meeting room or go outside, to clear your mind.
- If you have a vending machine, go there if it’s really bad, as it is good to get out of office.
- Cut back on caffeine as that can make you all on edge.
- Get good night sleep, every night, not just on a Monday and Tuesday.
- Have a good cry when you get home, let it all out, you will find that really helps to get rid of the building sadness for the next day.
- Have a relaxing night and light a few candles and have a bath.
- Read a book, not on your phone, before you go to bed, it will help you sleep better.
- Tell your partner/ friends. Talk to someone about it, just to get there empathy, it’s good to cry on someone elses shoulder.
- If necessary email a psychologist, or go on 7cupsoftea. If on medication, please keep up with it. I know it’s crap but if it helps it’s worth it.
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