Career Advice – How to Fight Back When Anxiety Hits at Work

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Whether it be work, home, or environmental reasons, anxiety is becoming more and more prevalent in society. It used to be a faux pas to talk about, but the stigma is going away. So, if you’re at work and anxiety suddenly creeps on, what can you do to combat it? It’s true, sometimes you need to just go home and take some time for yourself, but if that’s not an option, how can you get through your workday? We’ve come up with the best ways to fight anxiety!



Headspace is an amazing app that guides you through different meditations. They all vary in length and help with different things going on in your life. This is a great way to step out of the office for a second, find a quiet space and check in with yourself.

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Essential Oils


Companies like Saje are great sources for holistic health. Having a roller ball of essential oils, nasal inhalers or putting on a diffuser will not only smell great but help reduce stress and anxiety.  They also have more at home options like bath salts or bath drops that emit essential oils.


Focus on your breathing


Taking a slow deep inhale with a deep exhale four times brings your body to a calm state. It brings your body back in check. It gives you something to focus on and achieve. If the first four breaths don’t work, keep trying.


Distract yourself


Finding ten things that you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell helps to take your mind off of anxiety. This makes it easier to get out of your head and notice things around you. It’s a mini-game that you can do as an interesting way to fight back.


Our biggest tip is to take care of yourself. Work can be stressful and it’s important to take that time for yourself. This is a pre-emptive tip rather than an in the moment one, but it is so worth it. Whether it be getting your hair or nails done, going to the spa, going to the gym, or just reading a book. Taking that time for you will deeply help in the long run.

Inspirational image courtesy of: Husskie.

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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