Anxiety At Work Meetings: 4 Ways To Ease Panic

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People having anxiety at work

One of the most common cases of anxiety at work is when one is called up to speak in front of others.

Here are 5 tips to best approach these situations:

You know the scene; everyone is sitting around a desk speaking up one at a time.. your turn is quickly approaching. The hairs stand up on the back of your neck.. panic begins to course through your veins.

Instead of flying down the path of anxiety at work, try this approach. Pretend to yourself and to the group that you are actually dying to speak. Before entering the room, say to youself:

“I’m going to speak at any reasonable opportunity that presents itself”

  1. Be ecstatic at wanting to speak!
  2. Before the meeting, converse with they people around you. Don’t sit in silence.
  3. If the presentation is short, break it up by asking questions to the group during your talk. This takes the focus off of you and onto the group.
  4. If everyone has to speak, try and go first. If that’s not possible, ask questions of other speakers if it is appropriate.

Come across to the rest of the group that you are really interested and engaged. Give them the impression that you want to speak and to be heard. When you speak up, you don’t give your anxiety a chance to bottle up and increase. Don’t wait for them to call on you… Speak out.

The trick to this is you’ve already relieved the pressure. You feel the confidence that you can do this. You are no longer thinking about a panic attack at work. You no longer fear hearing your own voice speak up in front of people.

Everyone is used to you and you are used to them. You start to focus more on what you actually want to say and are excited to get it out.

Avoid Anxiety At Work With A Preemptive Strike

Instead of holding back and worrying about having anxiety attacks at work, you may want to try practicing before your next meeting.

Join a Toastmaster group in your area (google it) and get started at one of these events right away.

If there is no toastmaster group locally then find a public meeting or volunteer for a research group where you can discuss topics together.

There are many places to practice. Just dive in, speak up!

I once had the very same issues with panic attacks before work. I would sit and imagine myself sweating bullets as my name was called on to speak. To combat this, I would be as vocal as possible whenever appropriate. I refused to sit in silence. It only took one instance of hearing my own voice to feel that shot of confidence and I no longer had to worry about choking up and focusing on my stress.

Eventually I was able to overcome my panic attacks completely. Although if I’m in a group situation, I still get the butterflies in the stomach when I have to speak in front of the group… but I embrace that feeling. You know the experience when you’re riding a rollercoaster, inching towards the summit? Treat your anxiety the same way. It doesn’t have to be scary, it can be exhilarating.

Read my story here. I used a program to help guide me out of the grip of anxiety and into a panic free life. You don’t have to do this on your own. There are others out there who have experienced what you are going through and all have survived anxiety. Panic Away is the perfect program for this. Download the ‘rapid relief’ FREE audio now!

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing severe or persistent anxiety, please consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalized guidance and support.

Henry Flury

Henry Flury, the guitarist from Butcher Babies, shares his journey of overcoming panic attacks to help others facing the same issue. He started writing to fill the gap in panic attack education online. His blog focuses on understanding anxious thoughts and offers guidance on managing panic attacks for anyone dealing with panic disorder.

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