In the world that we live in today, there is a lot of talk about being productive and working hard. Now, productivity is important, no doubt. It is what gives our life meaning. However, there gets to a point where we focus too much on being productive that it causes us anxiety.
So, how do you cope with the anxiety in this instance?
Understand there is no perfection
Anxiety over productivity will often come on the back of a strong desire to get everything right. You want to hit all the KPIs, you get yourself very short deadlines and you basically cut down any rest period to work.
This way of living can backfire and rather than lead you to productivity, can lead you to a path towards anxiety. Psychologists say that working at just 80% of your potential is enough to make you a lot more productive. Not only that, it helps make you happier thus, reducing your anxiety levels.
Cut down alcohol and caffeine
Drinks with high levels of caffeine such as coffee and alcoholic drinks often trigger release of adrenaline, which is a major stress hormone. Thus, to reduce chances of feeling anxious, do not take any of these drinks, especially at a time when you are working and need to be productive.
Aside from cutting down foods that trigger stress hormones, also consider eating healthy foods, and exercising. Exercise helps in releasing feel good hormones, which help you relax.
Stop with the comparisons
The reason for obsessions with productivity is often down to some comparison or another with another person. Now, you definitely need to measure your progress when doing anything, but making constant comparisons does not do you any favors. In fact, it actually hurts you.
Rather than constantly making comparisons with others, make comparisons with your previous self. Concentrate on measuring your progress based on what you know best and you will be fine in the long run.