In today's fast-paced professional landscape, workplace anxiety is increasingly common. However, individuals can use distancing techniques to gain a fresh perspective on their challenges, such as a layoff or an increased workload, and develop a composed approach to managing their anxiety at work.
Distancing involves creating a mental space between yourself and your thoughts, allowing you to observe them from a neutral perspective. This technique lets you break the automatic connection between your mind and the negative thoughts, allowing you to analyze them objectively. Ethan Kross, Psychologist and author of the Bestseller Chatter says that a “narrow view of our situation magnifies adversity and allows the negative side of the inner voice to play, enabling rumination, stress, anxiety and depression”.