Managing Your Anxiety: HBR Emotional Intelligence Series

  • 1h 26m 22s
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

Make anxiety work for you.

Work is stressful: We race to meet deadlines. We extend ourselves to return favors for colleagues. We set ambitious goals for ourselves and our teams. We measure ourselves against metrics, our competitors, and sometimes, our colleagues. Some of us even go beyond tangible metrics to internalize stress and fear of missing the—ruminating over presentations that didn't go according to plan, imagining worst-case scenarios, or standing frozen, paralyzed by perfectionism. But hypervigilance, worry, and catastrophizing don't have to hold you back at work. When channeled thoughtfully, anxiety can motivate us to be more resourceful, productive, and creative. It can break down barriers and create new bonds with our colleagues.

Managing Your Anxiety will help you distinguish stress from anxiety, learn what anxiety looks like for you, understand it, and respond to it with self-compassion at work. With the latest psychological research and practical advice from leading experts, you'll learn how to recognize how your anxiety manifests itself; manage it in small day-to-day moments and in more challenging times; experiment and find a mindfulness practice that works for you; and build a support infrastructure to help you manage your anxiety over the long term.

About the Author

Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 12 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press, and digital content and tools published on, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Am I Anxious or Just Stressed?
  • Chapter 2 - How to Manage Your Anxiety
  • Chapter 3 - What Anxiety Does to Us at Work
  • Chapter 4 - Stop Asking, “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?”
  • Chapter 5 - How to Stop Ruminating
  • Chapter 6 - Breaking the Anxiety Loop
  • Chapter 7 - Use Gratitude to Counter Stress and Uncertainty
  • Chapter 8 - How to Manage a Panic Attack at Work
  • Chapter 9 - Anxious About What’s Next? Here’s How to Cope
  • Chapter 10 - What Does Self-Compassion Really Mean?