I wrote a short piece about dealing with anxiety at work. Specifically, dealing with clients. I know it's not design, but I thought that maybe other designers could relate and/or find this useful.
Thanks for writing this!
It's brave of you to be writing about this. Thanks for sharing.
Really liked what you said about jotting thoughts down.. Great stuff, thanks for writing. :)
I personally have struggled with a general anxiety disorder and social anxiety my entire life. Definitely a great post and it's nice to know that I'm not the only one that struggles with it in both a personal and professional context.
Great post and Good for you for talking about it. We're all just human, we've all got our issues.
When I get anxious at work, it helps me to actually visualise the worst case scenario, which is normally just being fired, then I realise that life would still go on, and it wouldn't be the end be of the world.
Also I like to to compare designing digital products to the job of a surgeon or a social worker and it helps put things in perspective.
I have to ask though: what's on channel 1? Is it a previous life? :-)
I totally agree. Putting things in perspective is really powerful! It can be difficult to achieve at the onset, I think. But once you get your thoughts in a place that you can reason with yourself, it's totally achievable.
As for Channel 1, I never asked or thought about it. In reality, I feel like channel 1 was always just static. So I think the metaphor was just referring to the first three live channels you'd use on those old TVs.
The problem with that is, it does sound like the end of the world to me at that moment. On the surface, I know it's not the end of the world, but I'm still freaking out and pretending it is. The thought will keep repeating in my head over and over again, whether I want it or not. It's not as simple as 'realising life will go on', because I can't control what I think.
Definitely. And that's where I relate as well. Eventually I can talk myself down and it's at that point that I can put things in perspective, but the attack at the onset is overwhelming. Putting things in perspective is powerful once you are able to start to reason with yourself.
Anxiety is a common problem. A lot of us experience stress at work that leads to health issues. When I started experiencing anxiety, my doctor prescribed Xanax, but having read the info about it on the Canadian pharmacy site, I found out that heavy abuse of Xanax can have impactful changes in the brain. In addition to memory problems, people may also experience difficulty with concentration, speaking, and coordination. Honestly, I was frightened and decided to try alternative ways. I started doing yoga and meditation. And it works. Also, I tried CBD products. I should say, they are helpful.