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ANXIETY AT WORK
Find out how to manage your anxiety effectively through a deep understanding of Anxiety and the workplace, combined with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach.
My Latest book – ‘The Professional Worrier’
‘Geddes gets it: anxiety, how it works and, more importantly, how to show it who’s boss’ Caroline Foran, author of Owning It
Worry and anxiety can damage our careers and relationships, can hold us back from exploring new opportunities, and is detrimental to our concentration, mood and self-esteem. And during times when we feel overwhelmed, we doubt ourselves and our ability to cope.
In The Professional Worrier, counsellor, psychotherapist and self-confessed worrier Stewart Geddes examines how creating greater awareness around anxiety can change the way you deal with everyday stresses at work and at home.
From anxiety about relationships to panic about an ever-growing to-do list, fear of making the wrong decision, or the pressure of producing perfect work, The Professional Worrier offers practical guidance to help you take control of your worry every day – so it doesn’t control you – and build the trust in yourself to tackle anything that comes your way.
The Mood Lab Anxiety Blog
When the people pleaser in you is getting in the way of your career
If you always put others first, then your career will never get the focus it needs. Learn to curb the people pleaser in you, and begin to put yourself first.
The fear of having a panic attack at work – how vigilance doesn’t help
The fear of having a panic attack at work can make us so hyper-vigilant that it heightens our anxiety. It’s time to lower our radar
Anxiety at Work: The role perfectionism can play in our anxiety
Perfectionism and anxiety are not a good combination. Learn to address your perfectionism at work and lower your anxiety.
Our beliefs about ourselves shape who we are. Better have some good ones
Our beliefs about ourselves dictate how we interact with the world. Make sure you know what yours are, and how they shape your life.
Anxiety at Work: How anxiety can affect our attention and concentration
When it comes to work, attention and concentration are key. Anxiety can rob you of both. Learn how to focus on the important things.
Social Anxiety and clumsiness…it’s not how it looks
It’s not unusual for those suffering with Social Anxiety to also see themselves as clumsy. Are you self-focused, too focused, or too harsh on yourself?
Social Anxiety and blushing…how to manage the problem.
One of the big fears for the socially anxious is other people noticing the anxiety. Blushing, therefore, is a curse. Learn how to control it here.
If we ignore, or hide from our fears, they will come and find us
Every time we avoid a social situation, we confirm to ourselves that we cannot cope. The more we ignore our fears, the bigger they grow.
With General and Social Anxiety, our mind is constantly trolling us
With General Anxiety, or Social Anxiety, our mind is constantly trolling us. Our thoughts as clickbait, shitposting, and general negative trolling.
Waking up anxious
Something that can be all too common in our lives, is waking up anxious.When we wake before our alarm with racing thoughts, sleep doesn’t come easy.
Expectations of constant progress can stop us achieving our goals
The constant need to see visible progress all the time can not only bring on anxiety, but can also make us quit. We need to learn to be comfortable on the plateau.
5 essential tools for your anxiety toolbox
What’s in our anxiety toolbox? Is it sufficient? Do we have the tools to cope with the problems that we regularly face? What tools do we need to tackle anxiety as it bubbles up?
5 ways to tackle the Impostor syndrome at work: The fear of being ‘found out’
Everything we accomplish in our lives, and every position we have held in our careers, we attribute to sheer luck, good timing, the kindness of others, or the intervention of a divine power.
7 ways to live with uncertainty and keep worry at bay
There is nothing certain in life. No-one knows what’s around the corner, but intolerance of uncertainty can be so unbearable, it can become constant worry.
5 ways Social Anxiety holds us back at Work
Social Anxiety can be an excruciating experience in the workplace. Hide away in an unfulfilling role where we waste our potential, but feel relatively safe. Or push yourself forward and live in daily contact with our worst fears.
The symptoms and triggers of a Panic Attack
When panic strikes it can be a terrifying experience. Where did it come from? Why did it happen? Is there something wrong with me? It can have a serious effect on our confidence and ability to participate in everyday life without fear.
What does General Anxiety Disorder feel like?
Mind Racing. Thoughts Whirling. Muscle Tension. Poor Concentration. The symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, are many and varied. They can be very stressful, making everyday situations feel overwhelming and unmanageable.
The effect Social Anxiety has on us.
Social Anxiety effects roughly 14% of Irish people at some stage in their lives “The fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people” …that’s a common definition of Social Anxiety disorder. Well, that’s great. So much of modern life relies on...
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
No matter who you are, you have experienced anxiety at some stage in your life. As humans, our brains are hardwired to be alert for threat. We are prone to negative, or worrisome thoughts. It can make us feel nervous, restless or tense, and we can experience feelings...
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an innovative and creative mindfulness-based therapy, which can be seen as part of the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) family, but with very distinctive characteristics. Like Mindfulness, there is a major emphasis on...