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When You’re Paralyzed With Anxiety And Have Work The Next Day

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What can a person do when the night before they have to go to work, their anxieties and fears overwhelm them? For example, a panic attack could overwhelm you with anxiety or your other mental health issues can paralyze you with fear. The problem is that you have to go to work the next morning.

Here are some tips on what a person can do when this situation happens.

#1. Distract yourself

If a panic attack occurs, it is best to find a way to distract yourself from the current situation. Remember to take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get your mind off of you anxieties and stresses. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, watch TV, play on the computer or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. This will distract you from your current worries.

#2. Exercise quickly

If it’s midnight and you have to work the next morning, do a 10-15 minute work out on the treadmill or a walk around your neighborhood. A 10- 15 minute workout will take away your major anxieties and fears and you still have some time to get some rest before you get to work the next day.

#3. Take a shower

Taking a 10 minute shower is another quick way to relieve some of your anxieties before going to work. A shower can help you to feel more relaxed and take away some of your worries. After taking a shower you can still get some rest before going to work.

#4. Take things slow

Everybody has those days when they go to work and they are not functioning 100%. These people go to work but they don’t over do it or they just do what they need to do just to get the day over with because they are under the weather. If you go to work and your anxiety is overwhelming, take things step a time at a nice easy pace. Don’t over do it.

#5. Take a sick day

If your anxiety is too much to handle then its best you call in a sick day. The problem with this is that you don’t want this to become a habit. So its best to seek professional help which can give you additional advice so you will be better prepared the next time it may happen. Talk to a counselor is the best thing you can do.

#6. Prepare ahead of time

When seeking professional help, make sure you talk to your counselor on what you can do the next time if your anxiety situation happens again. Developing a plan ahead of time will prevent you from missing work and will give you a peace of mind.

#7. Carry a small notebook with you

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across some positive statement  that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket when going to work.  Whenever you feel stressed during the day, open up your small notebook and read those statements.   This will help to manage your negative thinking.

#8. Challenge your negative thoughts

One of the ways to manage your anxieties is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. It won’t be the end of the world if you miss a day of work. Focus on the facts of your current situation and don’t let worry cloud your judgement.

#9. Determine the source of your fears

Many people don’t consider why they are afraid. Try to determine what is making your fearful and then try to find a way to overcome that fear. For instance, you might be fearful because your boss gives you a difficult time. Instead of worrying about it, try to find some constructive ways of handling the situation. Be proactive in getting rid of your fears instead of laying around and worrying yourself sick.

#10. You’re not alone

Remember that you are not alone. Everyone deals with anxiety, fear, and depression and they all need to make a living and go to work. Get advice from your friends on what they would do if they were in your situation. In addition, Talk to your friends who do struggle with fear and anxiety. These people may be able to give you additional advice for your fears and anxieties.

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