“I can’t believe I’m feeling anxious for my team meeting, and for no good reason!”
“My heart is pounding thinking about this sales call. When will I get a grip?”
“I always freak out during presentations. I’m such a wimp!”
Do any of these sound familiar? If you struggle with anxiety at work, chances are, you’re also struggling with adding insult to injury: The “injury” is the anxiety, and the “insult” is being cruel to yourself about it.
You probably wouldn’t do this if your challenges were physical. Your struggles with anxiety, stress, and overwhelm are no less worthy of a compassionate approach than your struggles with any physical pain, strain, or illness. And, considering how much our mental health impacts our physical health, I contend that we give ourselves even more compassion.