How to stay on track with your career when dealing with anxiety and stress? Here’s the answer!

Don’t let dysfunctional behaviours throw you off balance.

It’s a fact of life that at some point you will experience hardships, difficulties and traumas that will throw you off balance and possibly push you to your limits. This may lead to increased anxiety and depression and changes in behaviour that influence your performance at work as well.

This can last between a couple of days to several months, but once it starts negatively affecting your career, you must find ways to overcome the issues and here are several suggestions on how to do it.

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What exactly causes anxiety and depression?

The origins of most dysfunctional behaviours typically lie in some kind of childhood trauma and outdated childhood defence mechanisms. What most people fail to do is to re-programme their minds to be able to cope with the challenges of the adult world. The reason is that those core beliefs are so deeply fused within that it’s necessary to make a fundamental change and that can be very hard.

Other traumatic reasons could be divorce, the death of a loved one or failure at work, but the consequences are very similar – the negative belief system fuels self-sabotage and leads to various defeating and dysfunctional behaviours that affect all areas of life, including work.

These internal conflicts can be resolved but it’s a slow and gradual process that involves overcoming deeply rooted resistances, modifying your behaviour and reclaiming your old self. This is particularly hard as it threatens your fundamental belief system but with determination, persistence and commitment to change, it can be done.

How to deal with it?

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1.Ask for what you need.

Whatever the cause of your dysfunctional behaviour may be, don’t compare yourself to others. People have different reactions to stress and they cope differently – some people embrace the change while others find comfort in their established routine and some might feel the need to step away from their work while others feel frustrated if they can’t work.

If you’re struggling to cope, it’s important you ask for help and get counselling regarding ways of fixing the problem. It’s necessary to address the feelings that led to your dysfunctional behaviours and once you deal with them, you might be able to go back to work.

If you feel the change is inevitable, you could benefit from career counselling as well and opt for taking up business courses where you can learn new business and management skills and help push your career in a new and better direction.

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Take up yoga. 

The stress you’re experiencing, whether it’s coming from your career, family or romantic relationships can take a serious toll on your body and soul. Increased anxiety, depression and lack of sleep can become overwhelming and cause you to lose focus in life and work and if you take no action to resolve the underlying issues, you may find yourself spiralling out of control.

As a low-impact exercise, yoga is a great way to take back control over your body and mind. It can be a very useful tool in helping you face challenges and stressors at work and building a healthier and happier future for yourself.

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There are many known benefits of practising yoga: it helps reduce stress, depression and anxiety, it clears, calms and focuses your mind, improves your mood and boosts your self-confidence as you progress and learn how to master the positions.

Once your body starts healing and relaxing and you start feeling better, so will your mind. Your brain will operate better, you’ll become more productive at work, your memory and learning capacity will improve and you’ll be able to retain more information and use your creativity more efficiently.

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Remember, patience is the key!

When you’re dealing with emotional issues, you need to accept the fact that it probably won’t pass quickly. The healing process takes time so you mustn’t rush yourself or allow others to rush you. If you push yourself too hard, you might slow down your recovery and go back to dysfunctional behaviours you started with.

As much as your career is important to you, don’t forget you only have one body and one life so to be able to take care of your job responsibilities, you need to take care of yourself first.

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It’s important you recognise your dysfunctional behaviours and deal with them as soon as possible before they lead to more serious consequences. Ask for help, work on resolving your issues, heal both your body and mind and then you can devote your efforts to pursuing your career. Yoga just might be one of the answers – it’s a mind-body activity, a combination of physical and mental exercises that can help you reduce your stress and anxiety which can result in better cognitive performance.

Editor’s note: Featured image via Stil/Unsplash.