Editor’s note: Sasha Platt is the marketing coordinator, Jen Gezhen is the junior behavioral consultant and Sam Shand is the senior behavioral architect at Cowry Consulting. This is an edited version of an article that  originally appeared under the title "Managing Anxiety in the Workplace: supporting yourself and your colleagues."

Anxiety is a common experience for many people but there are instances where it may spiral out of hand and develop into a concern for our mental well-being. Recent findings have shown just how prevalent anxiety is in our workplaces. According to the Workplace Health Report by Champion Health (2023), 60% of employees in the U.K. report currently experiencing anxiety. Among other life stressors outside of the workplace, the pressures and deadlines that come with work have the potential to trigger anxiety and can significantly impact how we feel and subsequently show up to our day-to-day roles.This article will share some knowledge on where anxiety comes from, how to recognize the signs in yourself and others and subsequently, what you can do to manage it.

Anxiety is a persistent fear about what's going to happen in the future. Historically, fear was an essential protective response for humans who frequently faced physical danger, requiring fast and forceful reactions also known as the fight or flight response.

While our current ways of life generally don’t pose the same threats, our bodies haven’t changed much over time. As such, we haven't adapted psychologically and physiologically to our modern, safer surroundings; we still react to today's fears (such as financial concerns or social situations) in the same way as our ancestors. 

Anxiety can manifest in several ways including physical symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, muscle tension and fatigue. Emotional symptoms include feelings of apprehension, dread or panic and behavioral symptoms like a...