We live in a productivity-obsessed culture and the line between work and leisure is blurring. Modern technology has made 9-to-5 jobs obsolete. Our devices keep us in constant contact with our work, no matter where we are or the time of day. In an almost Pavlovian way, those “pings” and “chimes” – reminders of work to be done – can trigger anxiety.
Some work-related anxiety is to be expected. Perhaps office politics are stressful, or you have a big presentation coming up. Maybe your workload has been increasing or there are looming budget cuts. No matter the source of your work anxieties, it’s important to manage them so they don’t overwhelm you and wreak havoc on your life and health.
Sources of Workplace Stress and Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the main causes of work-related stress and anxiety are:
- Looming deadlines
- Relationships with coworkers
- Staff management
- Conflicts and issues that arise in the office
70% of adults say that workplace stress interferes with their personal relationships outside of the workplace – especially with their spouses.
Yet even with all this anxiety simmering, only 40% of employees who are suffering from workplace stress and anxiety speak up to their employers. The ADAA found that this hesitance is due to a fear of repercussions, such as a manager finding the employee weak or incompetent, or that it would adversely affect chances for promotion.
Symptoms of Workplace Anxiety
All of this stress and anxiety takes a toll on your mental and physical wellbeing. The American Psychiatric Association reports that symptoms of workplace anxiety include:
- Excessive worry
- Sleep disturbances
- Feeling jittery
- Dry mouth
- Racing/pounding heart
Even once you are in the comfort of your own home, it can be difficult to turn off the anxiety. Stress that comes home with you from the office can weigh on you and prevent you from getting the sleep you need.
In fact, one survey conducted on behalf of One Medical found that “55 percent of Americans said some aspects of their work environment caused them anxiety, stress or sleeplessness.” And when you start the day exhausted, the stress and anxiety feel more intense and overwhelming. It’s a vicious cycle – but you don’t have to accept it.
Managing Anxiety from Work
There are healthy ways you can manage your work anxiety. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) suggests the following methods for keeping it under control: practicing self-awareness; sharing your feelings with a friend or coworker; releasing your thoughts by writing them down; asking for help; and taking time off.
Many people turn to medications to help them cope with their workplace anxiety, but these drugs can actually hinder your performance. Anti-anxiety medications can cause a laundry list of side effects. And even if you don’t suffer from the physical adverse effects, these drugs can dampen your enthusiasm and drive.
Alpha-Stim® is another tool to keep in your arsenal. It is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device proven to bring fast, safe, and effective relief from anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Alpha-Stim is compact and portable, making it easy for you to conduct treatments either at home or in your office. Treatments last just 20 minutes, and you can multitask, so there is no need to carve time out of your already hectic workday. Alpha-Stim delivers a microcurrent of electricity in a patented waveform through two discrete electrodes that clip onto your earlobes. This modality, called cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), restores balance to your brainwaves and makes you feel better fast.
Even the most stubborn and long term cases of anxiety don’t stand a chance against Alpha-Stim’s effectiveness. Fiona Golfar, former Editor at Large of Vogue magazine, suffered from anxiety and depression her entire life, and saw her own father struggling with it as well. But when she turned to Alpha-Stim, she was amazed by the results: When I started using the Alpha-Stim, I wanted it to work so much, I wasn’t sure if I was just imagining the effects. Luckily, I was wrong. I felt so much better so swiftly. Almost immediately, I noticed the prickle of anxiety diminish. The dark, black depression hasn’t returned.
Golfar is not alone in her experience; 9 out of 10 users experience clinically significant results with Alpha-Stim. And unlike with medications, Alpha-Stim bears no risk of addiction, overuse, withdrawal, or lasting side effects. Results are cumulative over time – the more you use Alpha-Stim, the better you will feel, and the less you will need it. It is safe to use in conjunction with other treatment modalities. And not only does Alpha-Stim work better than medications, but it costs less, too!
Workplace stress is inevitable, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. With Alpha-Stim, you can keep your workplace anxiety and stress at bay; you can perform your best at the office, and live your best life when you walk out the door.
Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.
The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
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