Thinking about work and having to go back to everyday life, can be overwhelming.
Just thinking about the old routine can make you feel panicky, i go through it myself. But over the years i have discovered many different ways to get back into a routine.You should always remember that you are stronger than you think you are.
As humans change can be a little daunting. It is something that majority of the people around you would agree with, so do not feel alone. people are just good at covering it up. As someone who has suffered from anxiety and a panic disorder, i can say that it has made me a stronger person. Anxiety use to scare me but now i always find new ways to fight it.
As an introvert who works in a very sociable environment, i understand how you feel. Getting used to the work environment is a big deal for us. This reminds me of school and the six week holidays. I can not explain how bad my anxiety would be. I would cry to school up until i was 14.
yes, anxiety can be triggered at any age.
These are some ways that have helped me, and i hope they can help you to.
Waking up and getting ready for your day the same time you would do it for work.
Start this routine at least 1 week before you are due back at work. You start work at 6?, wake up for 5 get ready and get on with your day. This wont be a shock to your mind and body on the day you start work. This routine will minimize your chances of having a panic attack that day. This is because your mind is already in a routine now.
- Listen to upbeat music that morning. Listening to empowering music, that fits you and makes you happy. Maybe a little bit of Beyonce. Upbeat music can and is known to change your mood. Weather it is when your getting, ready or on the way to work, listen to your favorite empowering song.
- Chew gum! Whenever you feel like your about to have a panic attack or your anxiety is getting to much, chew gum. Take a 5 min sit down. If you can not chew gum, carry a pack of mints. Chewing is known to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol found in the saliva.
- Think positive and smile. Do not let anxiety win. If it is making you feel down, smile. See it as a person who dislikes you, you would not walk past them showing them they are affecting you. Instead you would walk past them smiling. Because the truth is they do not affect you, and neither can anxiety. So smile when you don’t want to. Laugh when you don’t want to.
- Speak to your manager. Speak to your manager to give you a lighter weight of work for a few days, until you settle in again. Going back to work may feel like starting a new job. Speaking to someone in a higher position might be the best option. If your manager does not take interest, work at your own pace. Do not feel scared or overthink it. Work at the pace you feel comfortable. If you can, email someone higher. That will be your evidence.
These are a few of the simple ways i have learnt to beat anxiety going back to work.
Don’t ignore your own potential!