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My experience of anxiety at work

20th May 2020

*Alex, a Community member, blogs about the mental health challenges that people are facing at this difficult time, and the support she’s received with anxiety at work.

I’ve been struggling a lot with the uncertainty caused by Coronavirus and have been feeling stressed and anxious. I worry about the risks that I might be taking and what’s going to happen in the future.

I know I’m not alone in feeling that things are harder at this time- mental health across the board has taken a turn for the worse. There’s a lot of people who work where I do who are affected by panic attacks, and I know that the current situation has made that worse for a lot of people.

Our work has been fantastic over the last couple of months- for example, sharing resources with advice and support about mental health, and team managers being on the end of the phone if anyone needs any help with work- especially as most of us are working from home for the first time.

My manager hadn’t previously talked much about mental health, but I think that since lockdown they have really recognised the importance of talking about it. And managers have understood that things can get overwhelming- and are supporting us when they do.

I have anxiety, which means that I sometimes have anxiety attacks. My manager has allowed me to take an hour away from my desk when this happens, which helps me to manage my anxiety. It allows me to find a safe space and calm myself.

I think that it’s become really clear to us all how many people struggle with their mental health at times. If you’re reading this, you’re not alone.

Whilst it’s normal to feel worried about coronavirus, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk about it to someone you trust. That might be a friend, family member, colleague, or helpline.

If you’re feeling scared by some of the information out there about coronavirus, then the best thing you can do is to get reliable information. You can find out the real facts about coronavirus from trusted news sources (don’t trust everything you read on social media). But take care not to overexpose yourself to news reports- as the constant stream of information can become overwhelming.

Try to maintain a routine amidst the changes that you might be facing due to Coronavirus. and look for activities that help you to feel calm and ease feelings of anxiety.

If you are struggling with your mental health or are worried about someone you know, help is available here.

*Name changed to protect the member’s identity.

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