Anxiety makes you irritable.
When we’re feeling off balance, it shows. And often in not-so-pretty ways. Anxiety can cause us to become irritable, impatient and, well, flat-out grumpy, says Yvonne Thomas, PhD, a psychologist in Los Angeles. Though you shouldn’t force yourself to put on a happy face when you’re really struggling with anxiety, it’s crucial to control your responses to others in a professional setting— particularly your colleagues and manager. “Because you’re feeling emotionally distressed and uncomfortable, you may easily feel annoyed,” Thomas says. “As a consequence, you may have problems with or [project] your upset onto those who you interact with at work. Especially if there’s a collaborative project, your colleagues may find you uncooperative, offensive, or harsh.” And as a result, you may become ostracized by your professional community or face ramifications from the higher-ups.
Thomas says it’s vital to find a healthy way to decrease your anxiety before heading into the office (or opening up your laptop at home). One tried-and-true solution is exercising for 30 minutes in the morning—a ritual that can help mitigate anxiety in both the short- and long-term. “By exercising before work, not only are you taking care of your physical health, but you’re also getting your emotional health back to a more appropriate place,” she says. “And this makes your work performance and interactions with co-workers less likely to be problematic.”
Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D is a well known Psychologist In Los Angeles California. To read the full article “5 Ways Anxiety Can Sabotage Your Work Performance (And How To Keep It At Bay)” visit realsimple.com