Anxiety at Work

Feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) at work? The best thing you can do is work on regaining your composure. Attempting to problem-solve when your brain is about to explode will only hasten a meltdown. Here’s how: Stop. Stop what you are doing. Change your physical location and find a quiet […]

Feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) at work? The best thing you can do is work on regaining your composure. Attempting to problem-solve when your brain is about to explode will only hasten a meltdown. Here’s how:

  • Stop. Stop what you are doing. Change your physical location and find a quiet place to regroup — the restroom or your car.
  • Regroup. Focus on your physical sensations, your breath, and your surroundings. What sounds do you hear? What do you feel in your stomach, your chest? Don’t move to the next step until your mind has stopped racing, and you are in the present moment.
  • Gain clarity. Identify the elements of the situation that stressed you out. Right now, what is your main priority? The desired outcome? Your very next action step toward that goal? Write it down.

If you follow those three steps, focusing on the next action step will be a lot easier, and you will accomplish more.

ADD/ADHD coach Beth Main is the founder of ADHDSolutions.net.

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