Do you often find yourself scared to work? Do you ask yourself questions like: “why am I scared to work”? Perhaps you may be suffering from Ergophobia.
As of now, many of us are feeling the anxiety to go back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic hit us, but this problem has been happening in a considerable part of workers for many years. Besides the health concerns, there are other factors that can make this “fear” even worse. You may be scared to go to work because:
- You are afraid of not fulfilling certain tasks correctly.
- Speaking with your co-workers gives you anxiety.
- You may be scared to suffer any injury, including physical and psychological ones.
Before you go further through this article, please note that this article is for educational purposes and does not replace the opinion of a therapist or psychiatrist. If you’ve been feeling uneasy for similar reasons as the ones explained above, we recommend asking a professional.
That being said, today, we’ll provide you with some tips that may help you deal with these feelings so you don’t feel scared to work again. Still, remember that each individual’s psyche is different, and some of the mentioned methods may not work for everyone.
1. Your feelings are real and valid.
People often suffer anxiety attacks at work that go unnoticed by everyone else. If you start to feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, please don’t wait until you start feeling physical symptoms to ask for help.
According to statistics, the number of people wondering whether mental health problems are real is immense.
Moreover, you should know that anxiety disorders are among the most common worldwide, so you’re not the only person feeling this way.
2. You won’t be fired.
Why would you be fired for having an anxiety attack? It doesn’t make sense. Likewise, these thoughts are another symptom related to the feelings of being scared to work, and it’s known as “catastrophizing.”
Please note that if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or any other mental health issue, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects you from being fired – or not employed at all.
3. Stress doesn’t have to be something negative.
Whenever you feel stressed or anxious, that means you are actually preoccupied with a certain issue. You can take advantage of this feeling and make it work for you instead of allowing it to take over you and make you feel uneasy.
Before we continue, you should know that what we state above is actually backed up by scientific research. “The Upside of Stress” is a book that studies this phenomenon deeply and takes into account numerous other studies based on the same idea.
Being scared to work is something that many employees feel on a daily basis. However, please know that you’re not alone. If you’re starting to feel bad while you’re working, please ask for help and treat what you’re feeling like the problem is.