At work, worrying can seriously affect your ability to do your job. If you spend your whole time working, you aren’t actually doing anything productive and you’re wasting time! Therefore, Prestige Recruitment Group has written this blog to help you turn your working life around and stop worrying! Below, we’ve listed 5 signs that you worry too much and written some top tips on how to stop that dreaded worry.
1) You Replay Everything Over and Over
So you’ve just been to a work meeting and you boss said one of your ideas sounded good, but also didn’t tell you where to go from there. After the meeting, you sit at your desk and start replaying the meeting over and over in your head trying to see if your boss said anything else and to think about the tone and way they spoke. Did they actually think it was good? Did they say it sarcastically? Did they mean it? You will replay it over and over until you’ve convinced yourself of the worst-case scenario.
2) You Always Think of The Worst-Case Scenario
When you’re a worrier – you will always think of the worst-case scenario and will twist even positive news into something bad. For example, your boss said they liked your ideas but what if they were joking? What if you didn’t hear them right? Now you’ve convinced yourself that they actually didn’t like your ideas and now you’re back to the drawing board.
3) You Rehearse What’s Going to Happen
Every day you rehearse for the most mundane things. You practice driving to meetings, you check out the parking options and you prepare what you’re going to say in advance. You will hardly let anything happen naturally as you worry about how you’re going to get somewhere, what you’re going to do and what you’re going to say.
4) You Struggle to Sleep
When it comes to night-time, you will rarely fall straight to sleep. You might toss and turn, thinking about what the next day will bring. Poor sleep means poor functioning the following day, which can lead to more stress which then in turn, creates worse sleep.
5) You Can’t Ever Relax
Linking to our previous point, you always need relaxing time. However, if you find that during this time, you just can’t switch off, you’re a serious worrier. If you find that you’re having persistent anxious thoughts throughout your daily life, even when you’re trying to relax, you’re definitely worrying too much!
Our Top Advice
When it comes to sleep, you need to break the cycle and move your bed time up by one hour. This way, even if you struggle to go straight to sleep, you will still be getting a decent night of sleep. Stop using technology before bed and let yourself unwind. If you do feel guilty about this ‘you’ time, remind yourself that proper rest is what lays the foundation for proper functioning, so you’ll be better positioned to tackle the next day! It might take some time to get into this new routine, but once you’re sleeping more, your worries will decrease.
In order to overcome your mundane worries, take deep breaths, ask yourself if it’s worth losing your peace over and bring your awareness back to the present moment. This worry comes when you allow your minds to wander too far into the future so using your breath to anchor yourself in the present can do wonders to dispel worries.
As well as this, turn off your phone when you’re trying to relax, and even if it’s difficult, just don’t get involved with anything! Take that time to have ‘you’ time, and when you get back to work, you’ll see that nothing bad came from you taking that time out.
Remember, everyone worries and worry isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it’s human. The problem with your worries comes when they take over your life and you find yourself struggling to be productive, especially at work.