1. LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE
Whether you’re in a leadership role or you’re an employee who is overwhelmed with work, taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture can help minimize a panic response. Whether the reason is a fear of failure or a decline in numbers, taking a moment to pause and consider the whole situation can help make your next course of action logical, rather than made in a panicked state.
2. EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY
If you are experiencing the physical symptoms of a panic attack – tight chest, dizziness, trouble breathing, racing heart – there are things you can do to alleviate the feeling. First, know that it will pass and that you’re not going to die. Even though it may feel life-threatening, panic attacks tend to last for only a few minutes before they’re over. Find a quiet place where you can focus on breathing and getting yourself to calm down.
3. BE A GOOD LEADER
If you are a leader and one of your employees is experiencing the beginnings of panic symptoms, or you suspect that they may be on the verge of a panic response, allow them to go somewhere to calm themselves down. Panic attacks can often be alleviated by simply removing the person from the situation that is causing the panic. Be understanding and sympathetic. Panic responses are involuntary.
4. FIND THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE ISSUE
When panic rears its ugly head, it can be tempting to just deal with the symptoms and move on. The best way to prevent panic is to find the cause and deal with it directly. This is true for both internal stress, as well as situations at work that can cause a company panic, such as dropping numbers or lost clients. Once you are able to identify the reason, it will be easier to rectify, which means your brain will no longer panic when an unforeseeable circumstance happens.
Panic in the workplace can be prevented, for both leaders and employees. Recognizing the signs and reasons to why panic happens in the first place is a major step in the right direction to minimizing the panic that all employees feel. Minimizing a panic response helps both the company and the employees, by helping the company run more logically and efficiently without rash decisions made in panic, as well as giving workers a more stress-free environment.