It can be really hard for an anxiety sufferer to cope with, what most others would consider, a normal working environment. So many interruptions, so many interactions with others – good and bad – noise, multi-tasking, dealing with stress and trying to stay sane, usually all at the same time! It’s quite a lot of stimuli for the anxious brain to process on top of all the other thoughts racing through it! That said, it is quite obvious that there are certain careers that are much better suited to the anxiety sufferer than others.
Let’s take a look at 5 of the best careers for people with anxiety!
Clerical or behind the scenes work in a SMALL office environment
AnxietyPanda has found that working in a noncustomer facing, small office environment really suited her anxious mind. Think about it – more or less 6 or 7 (sometimes less) other colleagues to interact with when necessary, no dealings with the public, low-pressure deadlines as the company is small and the workload is easily handled, to name but a few advantages.
AnxietyPanda Tip! There are exceptions, so always do your homework and research about the company you’re interviewing with before accepting any job offers from them.
Freelance online from home
Proofreading, editing, transcribing, programming you name it! There are so many opportunities online when it comes to freelancing thanks to communities like Fiverr or Freelancer.com that you can basically take any hobby you enjoy and turn it into income. Make money while having fun! Offer what skills you enjoy and you will end up being happier and more fulfilled than you’ve ever been. From personal experience, AnxietyPanda recommends that you build a really good portfolio for yourself. Especially if you are a beginner as it is more difficult to land the jobs. There are the exceptions of course, where newbies are preferred and those will help you build trust over time which in turn will lead to better paying and more consistent job opportunities.
Write a Blog or Make a Website about your Passion
It has been a dream for many years of AnxietyPanda’s life to be able to earn an income online. She tried blogging many years ago, with mediocre success and eventually gave up due to a lack of resources and because she just didn’t have the know-how of getting ranked, didn’t know about keywords or that they even exist, and just didn’t have access to general support. Training was limited as she was unable to afford to pay for it at the time and those offering “free” advice usually wanted you to BUY NOW At this one time only limited offer of only $99! You know, those really cringy looking ones.
Fast forward 10 years of desperately searching for legitimate opportunities to earn an income and ending up disappointed in every case … Until she was looking for a review on the latest “legitimate” earn online scheme that again totally scammed her. It was on this website that she also came across a review that has since that moment been changing her life and seriously for the better! It was a review of Wealthy Affiliate. A really, really positive one. And what drew her in more was the fact that they offered a free lifetime membership to their first module. This module covers the basics and foundations of starting your own niche content website and making money through affiliate marketing, and offered more than enough to get started, and then some! AnxietyPanda decided to join Wealthy Affiliate for a year, to test the waters. If it’s nice, she’ll stay. AnxietyPanda feels this will be a perfect source of income for her as she can interact with others on her own terms and work on her own terms away from stress and negativity, comfy in her own cave. Plus, she really enjoys the research and gets to enrich herself in the process.
AnxietyPanda Warning! Do not indulge in the regular consumption of the product you are making. It is a known fact that alcohol and anxiety do not mix. It is okay to taste-test in order to fulfill your duties as winemaker.
Winemaking has quite a few anxiety-pro benefits. You get to be out in nature, getting some love and vitamin D from the sun while inspecting the vineyards. You’re getting exercise while walking through the vines and inspecting the crops.
Other times, you are busy tasting the product in the barrels to make sure that everything is on track and to be able to make necessary changes when needed. Wine in moderation has many health benefits in itself, but remember that you should rather not extend your alcohol consumption beyond the point of performing your duties. You will also have to sample the fruit in the vineyards, and grapes offer numerous beneficial benefits for your health! It’s yummy too!
Be a Housekeeper
If you have anxiety and you like cleaning, this is the perfect job for you. With interaction limited to the residents of the house, who are all most likely out during your working hours, you get to enjoy the solitude of your own thoughts while going about your daily duties. It is easy, but requires hard work and dedication and must not be seen as a degrading position to have. You could be the housekeeper of a very prestigious family and you should always take pride in everything that you do. It will open many doors for you.
Be what you Want to Be
Although there’s no such thing as “The Perfect Job”, for AnxietyPanda, the perfect job would mean a position where she could come into the office, see and speak with no one, if she needs support there is chat and email communication, do the work, and go home. Ahhhh – heaven … Another “perfect job” would be to do something that is enjoyable. Then it wouldn’t feel like working.
Remember – be what you want to be. Why work for a living when you could be having fun for a living?
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