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Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

How to develop a sense of calm in your team, in a world of disconnect.

Most work places have undergone vast changes in the last few weeks, physically, mentally and emotionally. Some work places have staff working remote, as we self isolate, thus stretching our team dynamics and usual processes thin. Other workplaces have had to let people go, as their business viability is strained, and they cannot open their doors to the public. Whatever the case may be, the level of anxiety can be felt, even as we work over Zoom or Skype. So as a business owner, or team leader, we must remind ourselves that this current situation, isn't just about sanitation or social distancing. It is bringing a mentality of comfort to your employees and teams. Anxiety of what we don't know looms large, so how to inspire a mindset of wellness in workplaces can be perceived as difficult. Here are some techniques that can be utilised whether you still are managing a business remotely or otherwise:

1. Deep breathing: Breath work is something that everyone can do, in their own space and time. Closing your eyes and focusing on deep breath in (1,2,3) out (1,2,3) for one minute can help self regulate the pulse and relax. Encouraging your team to take a time out at least once a day to focus on breathing will also enhance their focus, spurring productivity.

2. Drinking more water and less caffeine: Water links in with lung function. The airways require water to properly function, and it helps regulate body temperature and blood pressure. Caffeine, a well known stimulant (hence its popularity in workplaces), is counteractive to anxiety levels. Clean water = healthy employees, in more way than one.

3. Work to strengths: When looking at the new challenges this situation brings, make it easy for yourself and work to you and your teams strengths. Look and listen for the 'I can' in any given situation. If you hear crickets, this might be a fine time to lead by example.

4. Focus on facts: Speculation is a curse for the anxious, so keep your communication clear, to the point and honest, i.e. don't give out misleading information and false deadlines. It will keep your team calm, focused and efficient.

5. Cheer your team on: This is the time that thanking your team will resonate. Their efforts are actually helping the company and therefor the wider economy. Also, depending on the role they have, if they are on the front line dealing with the general public, they are putting themselves at risk - needless to say that is a big deal. Appreciation will provide a form of validity that will soften the nerves.

Having a unique Wellness Program in place in your work setting, that is woven into the fabric of your company culture and mission is worth considering, so that your employees and teams enjoy long term Wellness benefits that will assist in their performance. But, right now, we are all in this together and we all need to be part of the healing.

If it's time to get serious about your work life mamma, book a complimentary Introductory Session today:

Vanessa is a professional & business coach with experience in marketing & communications, small business operations, organisational culture & learning. She is currently undergoing further training & qualification with the LCA Australia and the International Coaching Federation. Vanessa has recently completed certification as a Wellness Facilitation Coach. Most importantly, she is a mother of two, teaching them to see the world with compassionate eyes and to act in kindness.

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