• Ev Fletcher, over 6 years ago

    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 everyone.

    14 points
  • Matthew Ware, over 6 years ago

    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.

    5 points
  • Bevan StephensBevan Stephens, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    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? :-)

    3 points
    • Ev Fletcher, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      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.

      0 points
    • Jari ZwartsJari Zwarts, over 6 years ago

      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.

      0 points
      • Ev Fletcher, over 6 years ago

        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.

        0 points