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Do you have a high profile job. How are you managing day to day?

I have a highly visible job. I am emotionally exhausted by the end of each day. My anxiety before a major deadline can be crippling, but I push through and burn out at the end of the week or month. I present a good front at work most of time, but it eats me up inside and I curl up when I get home and want nothing to do with the outside world. I've taken some steps, some I've been doing for years, others I just started and all of it helps. I know this is a lifelong personal journey and I'm not looking for a quick fixes. I'm curious how others have managed a position where they have to be "on" all / most of the time. Did you eventually change jobs? What do you think about while I work? How do you manage anxiety at work? Have you noticed how it shows up in your work, if it does? (mine shows up as perfectionism and OCD like rereading email I send several times)
Category: Advice 6 years ago
dancing33
Asked 6 years ago

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Now that you said that, I am totally aware that I read my sent emails sometimes up to 20 times. I spend around half an hour just posting a reply on facebook (so its as witty as possible without conveying something negative). It is a struggle for me as well. Everything you said is how I felt at work. I was a caregiver for an elderly home so I was REALLY visible and personal. I also directed all visitors accordingly. I worked really really fast. Often times the stress around me gets lulled by the sound of my heart racing. Then I drifted away into the rhythm of my daily routine. I often talked myself down by allowing other tasks that pop up, temporarily disappear from my mind until I was done with the task at hand (easier said for sure). Can't be in 6 places at one time. I had to cut myself slack for not being superhuman. When 50 ppl depend on you to survive, its stressful. Have to realize at some point you can only do what you are equipped to do physically and mentally. I certainly posses no superhuman powers :) But at night, the stress I pushed away came back and wouldn't allow me to sleep. I'm very self critical almost to the point of paranoia. It is a life long battle. Someday I hope to find that magic answer.
brendacola
Answered 6 years ago
brendacola

oh and daydreaming.... a lot...
brendacola
Answered 6 years ago
brendacola

Thank you so much for sharing.
dancing33
Answered 6 years ago
dancing33

Anytime and sorry, I chronically over share ;) I didn't mention it, but I did change jobs after 4 years, in fact I completely changed careers, but my anxiety just presented itself in new ways. I had to learn new coping skills on top of my job skills :/
brendacola
Answered 6 years ago
brendacola

I totally know how this goes. I work a full time job, and I go to school full time, military, and then I study all night and maintain a 4.0 on top of it. My anxiety will show up in the form of health anxiety where my acid reflux will act up first, then I start worrying about that, and then it turns into other symptoms. I have dealt with anxiety on and off over the years, and have had long periods without it many times. I always try and remind myself that it is in fact "only" anxiety and nothing else and to keep just moving forward. I have beaten it plenty of times before so I am aware of its power to manipulate and prey on intrusive thoughts. It does give me a good indicator though when my stress levels are getting to high and need to step back and get a good nights sleep or try and do something relaxing. Remember that it is only anxiety....only power it has is the power we give it.
deepsquats101
Answered 6 years ago
deepsquats101

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