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Today has been a terrible morning; I'm not a fan of Mondays anyway but this morning I have felt constant panic and dizziness. The whole weekend I have suffered from headaches and have not been sleeping well. I am on anti-depressants and have suffered from depression and anxiety for the past 12 years so I know the signs. However, I still can't help thinking the worse and feeling as though Im losing control. Can anyone offer any advice on how to keep calm at work. I do not like my job but even though I am looking for new work I am worried if I feel like this at a new job. I cannot quit or take sick leave but this is becoming more unbearable to cope with at the office each day.

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  • Comment Link Lindarose85 Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:49 posted by Lindarose85

    Thank you so much for your advice; its nice to speak to people that understand what im going through. Whenever I am feeling anxious at work I will try your tips :)

    Im feeling a little better today just very tired. I have tried some relaxation last night and I think this helped.

    thanks again! :)

  • Comment Link April Teeter Monday, 25 March 2013 19:40 posted by April Teeter

    Hey, there! Sorry to hear that you're having problems at work. I've definitely gone through that before and it wasn't fun. To me it's especially scary to go through anxiety or panic attacks at work because you're around so many other people.

    I hope these ideas help you or at least try to give you a different perspective. They helped me a bit while I was at work.

    Try to think positively about your job as difficult as that may be. Even if you don't particularly like it, just try focusing on positives rather than negatives such as you're making money doing this, it's only for x hours that you have to stay there. If you work with customers or co-workers try not to think of them just as that, but think of them also as friends. It's easier to get along with them if you do. We're all humans after all. :)

    If you do start to feel real panicked at work try to stop any anxiety or panic attacks before they happen. This is a four step process that takes time to get down, but it has worked for me in the past. 1. Shout "stop!" loudly in your head a few times. This will literally stop the process of the panic/anxiety inducing thoughts from playing in your head. 2. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. For example if you get criticized by your boss for something you did instead of feeling horribly about it, replace it with "well I made a mistake this time, but now I'll know what to do for next time." Thinking of it as a learning process rather than a horrible mistake will make you feel better in the long run. 3. Forgive yourself. Might possibly be the most difficult step for us as anxiety sufferers, but it's the most crucial one. Forgive yourself if you made a mistake of some sort at work. Don't let anyone bring you down - including yourself. 4. Move on from it. I know this saying isn't right to say to someone with a mental illness - because it's not! However after doing the first three steps of this process, this is the best solution, but only after doing the first three steps. Try to move on and go about your day. Chances are after the anxiety has past you only have so much time left within that work day. The best part? Tomorrow is a brand new day! :)

    If nothing else when you feel something coming on, go to the bathroom to take a few minutes for yourself or ask your boss if you can get water or fresh air because you're starting to feel a bit dizzy or stuffy from being inside for so long. I'm sure they'd understand.

    I hope this has helped you somewhat. This is honestly the best advice I could give so if it doesn't help you then I'm sorry and I hope you can find something that does help you. All in all I just hope you feel better at work. :)

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