Unless we are exposed to very specific circumstances, we all need to have a job to sustain ourselves.
After all, only a small portion of our society is born into money or earn their fortune in other ways.
To that end, anxiety sufferers are no exception.
So when push comes to shove, they need to overcome their fears and start making money.
The thing is that among anxiety sufferers, this may not be so easy.
All variations of anxiety can significantly limit one’s ability to function in a working environment.
In fact, people with significant enough anxiety will struggle to maintain a job, some of them won’t even be able to get outside their own houses!
Obviously, if your anxiety disorder got that bad, you need to get professional help.
That being said, you should consider finding a job that suits your needs all the same.
There are some general guidelines for choosing such a job.
Obviously, these guidelines may change based on the individual, but there are some general ideas.
What should anxiety sufferers avoid in their jobs?
The truth is that it’s simple enough to find common ground among most anxiety-free jobs or working fields.
Now, keep in mind, our criteria here isn’t about interest or enjoyment. Rather, we are looking for the jobs that are the least stress-inducing.
After reviewing more than a few individuals regarding their occupation, as well as using my own experience, I’ve made up the following list.
The ideal, anxiety-free job, needs to have:
Minimal interactions with people
I myself have worked as a teller in a bank, as well as a credit card sales representative.
These were, by far, the most stressful jobs that I have had.
It wasn’t about the number of people involved, it wasn’t the type of work I had to do either.
Rather, it’s just that people can be an absolute nightmare to deal with.
Don’t get me wrong, most of them are perfectly reasonable, it’s just that one in ten, one in twenty, that can ruin your day.
Worst of all, you have to provide them with a service that will help them in some way, meaning that you can’t just lash out in anger.
Those bottled emotions, expectations, and fury, can have a very negative impact on your mental health.
People can be very confusing and difficult, making your job much more difficult than it has to be.
This isn’t just limited to customers either, managing interpersonal relationships with your coworkers can also be quite stressful at times.
For the sake of your own mental health, you should minimize such interactions as much as possible.
Minimal interactions with higher-ups
This may actually differ based on the individual, but I found that your boss can be a very stress-inducing individual.
As it turns out, the data seems to support this conclusion.
So what are you to do, really?
After all, even if your job is great and you love it dearly, your boss may very well just come along and ruin the experience.
The worst thing is that you can’t really tell if your boss is going to be good or bad.
In many cases, you might not meet them until past your interview with someone from the human resources department.
And frankly, even if you do meet with them during the interview, the interactions themselves tend to be fake and artificial, making them unreliable in judging their character.
That being said, as long as you can keep your interactions to the bare minimum, you should be fine.
How do you do that? Choose a job that allows you to work with some relative independence and perform well.
That way, your boss won’t have any reason to interfere or micromanage.
Relatively few responsibilities and/or plenty of room for mistakes
One key factor that most people consider when looking for a job is money, very few people seem to ever have enough of it.
Well, people won’t be giving you a raise if you sit and do nothing all day.
No, when someone pays an employee more money, it is likely that they expect something extra in return.
And that something usually means greater responsibilities and/or more precise and crucial work.
Managing a team, facing deadlines and performing crucial tasks for the organization as a whole are just a few examples.
These jobs are better paid and have great prestige, so people try to get hired or promoted to perform them.
If you suffer from anxiety then this is a terrible idea.
Sure, the money and the title may be tempting, and your financial situation might not leave you a choice, but if you can avoid such jobs then you should.
Responsibility is a very stressful thing, there is nothing wrong with working under someone and letting them handle all of the headaches.
It’s much better for your health, that’s for sure
A boss, probably
Let me be frank with you, if you suffer from anxiety then you probably should get a job instead of being self-employed.
One study conducted during 2007 tells us this much, showing us that anxiety is more common among freelance workers when compared to their non-freelancer peers.
This data makes perfect sense as well.
The risk of not knowing your income, managing your entire workload by yourself and having to chase after customers take their toll.
Those who suffer from anxiety should look into getting hired by someone else and avoid being self-employed.
This, in return, will provide them with a relatively safe and stable working environment.
Sure, being an employee can have its own complications, but the alternative is much more strenuous.
Here are some of the Best jobs for people with anxiety
In short, we are looking for a job with a peaceful working environment that is relatively stress-free and friendly.
In our day and age, this might not be so simple, but here are ten anxiety friendly jobs to consider:
1) Animal care
Getting an occupation in the animal care industry will do wonders for your mental health.
Animals are known to have therapeutic effects on people, and interacting with them daily will have positive effects on your mental health.
Let’s review an example: Dog Trainers.
Dog trainers train dogs, interact with people in a relatively limited manner and do relatively imprecise work.
This gives them some leeway to make errors, to an extent.
Generally, working with animals is a great way to maintain a job while helping yourself with your anxiety at the same time.
Writing jobs typically have a relatively straightforward premise: you write and get paid for it.
Sure, writers might need to do some research themselves, but many of them have all the data handed to them by the research team.
Reviewing texts, writing articles and providing editing services can be very rewarding to those who are good at what they do.
A friend of mine worked as an editor, and according to him, as long as he kept the proper pace, nobody really was bothering him either.
If you have a knack for the written word then you should consider this occupation.
3) Truck driving
You get into your truck, and then start driving.
And then you drive, and drive, and drive some more.
You aren’t being distracted by anyone and you have plenty of peace and quiet.
No deadlines, no customers, nothing.
Extensive periods of peace and quiet, followed by some minimal interactions with suppliers, are as far as your stressors go.
Really, what can be better than this?
4) Technical Specialist
A work as a mechanic, electrician, carpenter, technician and the like can save you a lot of trouble.
Technical workers typically just come, do their job, and leave.
They provide a service for the company, with everything between them and their specialty being arranged beforehand.
For specialists, this provides an extended period of work, with a few breaks, and nothing else to bother them.
Another upside is that some of these specialties are sorely lacking in our society, with fewer and fewer people specializing in these technical professions every year.
As such, getting hired and keeping your job shouldn’t be too hard, either.
Well, after you get some experience in your field that is.
Landscaping is a job that has you work outside, creating beautiful landscapes, and do so for long hours.
No interactions or interruptions, and plenty of peace and quiet.
Another upside is that plants can have positive effects on anxiety, and gardening by itself can be argued to be a form of therapy.
Furthermore, you get to marvel at your own work, which is always a plus.
6) Diagnostic laboratory technician
Ranging from Medical Lab Technicians all the way to forensic scientists, these individuals do a lot of technical work behind the scenes.
They provide diagnosis, write reports and the like.
A job that typically follows a schedule and has you do some technical work in peace.
Nothing wrong with that.
7) Back-office worker
Paperwork has been a personal pet peeve of mine since day one at the bank.
That being said, sorting through a variety of papers, writing reports, and typing data isn’t at all bad for your anxiety.
There is also the fact that back-office jobs are typically somewhat laid back (typically), so it’s up to you to find a relatively relaxed job.
If you can do it well enough, you will find it to be hardly stressful.
At their very core, actuaries use mathematical tools to assess risk.
The job itself is relatively stress-free and pays very well, but becoming an actuary can be pretty difficult for anyone.
Actuaries have a classic 9-5 job and are a very respected part of any industry.
The hardest part is actually getting it.
Once you do, your work life gets much easier.
9) Social media manager
Oddly enough, working with social media isn’t really a “social” job at all.
A social media manager is required to, well, manage their companies’ social media accounts and interactions.
That being said, there aren’t really any personal interactions, and a lot of the work that these managers do is strictly technical.
The true beauty of this career is that you will be working in front of the computer all day, using social networks that you are very much familiar with.
Many people are even allowed to do this work from home!
10) Video editor
Video editors can get away with a lot of things that most standard workers can’t.
They sit in front of their computer for the vast majority of the day and just do their thing.
Sure, there may be some deadlines and the like that they need to keep up with, but for the most part this field of work is relatively low on stress.
If you are good at your job, and found a decent working place, you will discover that you can keep up with the workload without working yourself to the bone.
Your anxiety may still remain unresolved
All of the above being said and done, depending on your level of anxiety, there aren’t really too many jobs to choose from.
These are some of my best recommendations, but even they will be too much for those who suffer from severe enough anxiety.
Anxiety cripples the individual greatly, and as such, your first step should be to get some professional help.
You may find your anxiety slowly resolving itself as you build more confidence in your work, but this is only the first stage of helping yourself.
One program I would recommend for anxiety sufferers is the “Panic Away Program”
It is fully refundable, and plenty of people that I’ve known have benefited from it greatly – including myself.
Before you go, here’s a question for you to think about – What kind of job are you looking for?
Make sure to leave your answers in the comment section below.
If you got any personal questions, feel free to email me and I’ll get back to you.