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The Top Reasons Your Workspace Gives You Anxiety (And What to Do About It)
  • The Top Reasons Your Workspace Gives You Anxiety (And What to Do About It)

    Simples changes can make a big difference


    Written by Marisa Donnelly

    Image by zoranm / Getty Images


    Does your field of work concern you? To be honest with you, it does not have to be like this. Of course, your room — no matter how decorated or 'home-like' it is — will not be as comfortable as your couch. And of course, even your most personalized work-from-home desk will not always give you warmth and ambiguity. But sitting at work should not be so stressful that you cannot concentrate on your tasks.

    Here are five reasons why your workspace is really stressing you (whether you consciously feel it or not) and five things you can do about it.

    1.  Your Space Isn’t Conducive to Work

    Whether you have piles of paper on every exposed surface (guilty) or your shelves and walls are so decorated with plants and pictures that you can't really concentrate, it can create an environment that works. Is not suitable for

    If you are constantly distracted by the things around you, then it is time to make changes. Pay attention to methods to remove clutter or to organize intentionally. Rearrange your to-do piles in a way that gives you room to write, type, or take notes. And be purposeful about the design of the area so that you can prioritize your most meaningful tasks first.

    2.  You’re Not Comfortable in the Space

    Take it from someone who spends a good time on the screen each day, sometimes I find myself sitting in a hump or awkward position because I'm not thinking about what my body needs physically. That's the thing about our field of work - we focus so much on our tasks (or we try to concentrate) that we often neglect ourselves in the process.

    Perhaps your workspace worries you because you're spending a good time in an uncomfortable position: the wrist is reaching for the keys, leaning back, eyes on the screen ... the list goes on.

    Next time you sit at work, take inventory of your body: are you sitting with good posture? Are your feet cross or flat on the ground? Are your eyes tense?

    These are some simple questions, but they can help you reset. You can actively stretch before sitting, taking a mid-day walk, standing every thirty minutes/hour, or even investing in a running desk where you can stand. Or can arrange height for seating. The main thing is to identify what your body needs and ensure that you are not causing more stress by ignoring your warning signs.

    3.  You’re Overwhelming Yourself With Long-Terms Instead of Short-Terms

    One of the biggest stresses is seeing long-term to-dos instead of what is happening in front of you. And then, I share it from experience. It is easy, especially when you are a career-driven person, to think about all the things you want or need to accomplish. But if you are not careful, you will become obsessed with these things ... which really prevents you from moving forward.

    If you find yourself 'stuck' or so overwhelmed that you don't know where to start, it may be because you are stressing the future instead of focusing on the present. And unfortunately, your workspace has become a constant reminder of that.

    Try to focus your attention by making more deliberate and short-term to-do lists. Sure, you can have a huge project, but you don't have to write every single step on that daily task. Perhaps you can break up the tasks into smaller pieces and complete three steps at once.

    By focusing on small pieces, you will feel more energetic at the rate of being able to actually complete them, and it will push you forward.

    4.  You’re Feeling the Pressure to ‘Keep up’ or Compare

    Comparison net. We are all to blame for this. But maybe your field of work concerns you because you are constantly feeling this self-imposed pressure to prove it. The harder it is, try to focus less on what you think you should do and more on what feels right for you. There will always be someone who puts it more together or looks ahead of you in their career.

    But the thing you have to keep in mind is that you are not that person. And that's fine. Stop thinking that you have to do something or be a certain way to be successful. Success is, in fact, individually defined. Let your work be something that inspires you to be you and follows your unique path.

    5.  You Haven’t Truly Designated a ‘You’ Space

    Sometimes it is difficult to separate the work from the game. And as more and more people shift to remote positions or work from home, finding those 'you' places becomes even more of a challenge.

    One of the reasons you may be worried about your work area may be that you don't really have a place to call yourself. Perhaps you share an office space with a loved one or roommate. Maybe your workspace doubles as a garage or laundry room (yes, that's me), or maybe you have kids and you're constantly interrupted during work, so your 'office' is actually Doesn't feel like a place of work.

    Whatever your experience, first understand that you are a human being and it is fine that your working condition from home (or even your desk in your office building) is always 'professional' or 'legitimate' Does not feel. This does not mean that you cannot work.

    But… it is important to create a place where you feel empowered and confident or a place where you can actually get away and be alone.

    While I'm not advocating completely remodeling the interior of your home or kicking your kids out when you have to bend over and do something (ha!), What I'm suggesting is that Take time to explore the places and times where you feel most aligned. For me, he was working in the morning or hanging a sign on the door of my 'office' when I was on a call or podcast. While I am never * alone * during my workday, I can still create places that belong to me (and have helped tremendously).

    Remember: It is important to have balance and even if it is hard, try to make those healthy boundaries. You (and everyone else in your life) will benefit.



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