Managing Anxiety as a Knowledge Worker

Does anyone else’s brain go into full worst-case-scenario mode the moment anything remotely bad happens at work? I got super anxious due to a client emergency yesterday. I’ve slept on it- here’s what I think was going on, and how I’m going to deal with it.

Firstly, I need to recognize that my last corporate job did a real number on my mental health. I worked with a couple of weapons-grade narcissists who turned their own self-loathing into an all-out assault on their employees’ self-esteem. Their favorite technique? Gaslighting.