Top 10 Anxiety-Friendly Jobs
If you're an anxious person, working at a job that's anxiety-friendly can be a huge benefit to your life. So many people with anxiety disorders struggle with work because of the difficulty of social interaction and other job stressors. Work is anxiety-provoking for everybody to some degree, but, if you have anxiety, anxiety at work can be truly hellish. That's why it's important that us anxious types find jobs that take our anxiety into account. This week, we'll explore 10 of the most anxiety-friendly jobs out there.
I'm writing this post as much for me as anything because I currently don't have a job that's anxiety-friendly. I work as a cashier in a grocery store, and my anxiety is completely through the roof because of it sometimes. Fortunately, I have a great boss and good co-workers, and most of the customers are nice, too. Still, the anxiety of having to cope with the vagaries of the general public can be really intense. I used to have an anxiety-friendly job (it's in the list below) that I'm hoping to get back to fairly soon.
Criteria for Jobs That Are Anxiety-Friendly
A job must meet certain criteria to be considered anxiety-friendly. Although there are obviously no hard and fast rules about this, most anxious people find common work stressors unpleasant, so good jobs for anxious people must either not have those stressors, or must only have a minimal amount of them. Here are some important criteria:
- Low levels of stress -- Most anxious people (including me) don't do well in intense, high-pressure environments, so low to moderately stressful jobs are a better fit if you have anxiety.
- Low noise levels -- I find loud noise very stressful. It's a total trigger for my anxiety, and I'd guess most of you are with me on this one. So, good jobs for anxious people must take their noise sensitivity into account.
- Few interruptions/distractions -- I'm not a very good multi-tasker. I get overwhelmed easily when there's too much going on, so an anxiety-friendly job for me must allow me to stay mostly on one task without interruption.
- Limited interaction with other people -- Constant interaction is the thing that's most stressful about my current job. It's non-stop, and it really gets to me some days. This is especially true for people with social anxiety disorder, so an anxiety-friendly job must keep the interaction with bosses, customers, and co-workers to a minimum.
List of the Top 10 Anxiety-Friendly Jobs
- Writer -- Writing tends to be a great job for anxious people, although it can be hard to make money doing it at first. Blogging and technical writing may be good places to start if you're interested in writing for a living.
- Childcare worker -- Yes, working with kids involves lots of noise and interaction, but dealing with children is less intimidating than dealing with adults.
- Computer programmer -- I did computer programming full time for over 10 years. It's great because it meets all of the anxiety-friendly job criteria, plus you can make good money doing it.
- Working with animals -- Much like working with kids, working with animals is less intimidating than many jobs because adult interaction is minimized. Plus, animals can be very soothing and provide an opportunity to give nurturing care to another living creature.
- Cleaning offices -- I also worked as a house and office cleaner for many years. Office cleaning tends to be done at night and by yourself. It's a very anxiety-friendly job for someone who's looking for solitude and quiet.
- Tutoring -- Working as a tutor generally limits your interaction to one person, and, for the most part, tutoring is studious and quiet.
- Nurse's aide -- Healthcare can be a very stressful job, but working as a nurse's aide rarely involves life and death decisions. Mostly, it entails simple, physical labor, and, if you can get hired for the night shift, it can be very quiet as well.
- Counselor -- Counseling is a profession that involves a lot of interaction, but it's usually only with one person at a time. In some ways, anxiety sufferers make good counselors because they tend to be more empathetic to the pain of others. Counseling involves a lot of talking and tends to be fairly low-key.
- Prep cook -- Prep cooks work mostly in the background doing the grunt work of food preparation. Making salads, cooking vats of spaghetti sauce, and prepping large numbers of fruit baskets are typical tasks for a prep cook. You work mostly by yourself, and interaction with other people is limited.
- Landscaping -- I also worked as a landscaper in my youth, and it's a good job for someone with anxiety. It's hard, physical labor, but there are long stretches of uninterrupted, relatively mindless activity. There's something to be said for working a job that lets you turn your brain mostly off.
While working and holding down a job can be really hard if you have an anxiety disorder, it's doable if you can find a job that's the right fit. Hopefully, this list of anxiety-friendly jobs will inspire you to go after a job that's a better fit for you.
Weber, G. (2015, May 6). Top 10 Anxiety-Friendly Jobs, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 21 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/treatinganxiety/2015/05/top-10-anxiety-friendly-jobs
Author: Greg Weber
In 2016 I had my burn out/ break down and I had only been professional working as a Pastor/Councellor and an Early Learning Child care Provider (or as the world sees us professional babysitters) for 10 years. Before that it was all voluntary.
What you need to remember is for people with empathetic personalities like me not only will they want to work they will probably have friends and family on the side they are helping and empathizing with as well.
Now onto the part that is frustrating. There is a Nanny/Private Homecare provider that typically (unless it is a really big family) who has maybe most cases no more than 3 kids to watch and is in the home setting.
Then there are private dayhomes who are the professional babysitters as well they can choose how many kids they want to take and because they are not under a licence they don’t have to follow any professional rules (which makes us professionals have a bad rap the way we do)
Then there is the Dayhome Professional who if they are up to government standards has to have certain things in the home has to teach certain things but can only have 3-6 children max per adult depending on age and they are considered teachers.
Then you have the Licenced Childcare centres/daycare/preschool/kindergarten/Eli/after and before school care, our centres go under many names but I think you get the picture. We are all licenced Teachers/Providers by the owner of the centre. When we graduate from our programs in college we have to send out the certificate/diploma/degree whichever level you received so you can have a licenced number in order to teach, if you do not have that you are not allowed to be at the centres even if you are a casual, a kitchen staff or custodian. If you are going to be providing care or count as a staff to be in the room with the kids you need that paper and a number.... therefore we are teachers and not just a babysitter
To own a centre or be a head teacher and run one you need to go through 2 years of college at least and be able to handle programming, licensing, accreditation, pr, hr, the parent, all the staff, and run your own classroom of kids.
So please don’t tell me that childcare is not a stressful job, I went home in tears almost every night because at that time I wasn’t properly diagnosed or on the right medication.
Same with counselling it depends on the situation mine involved kids,teens, families, adults, seniors that were badly hurt by something that should have never happened, teens that were kicked out of their homes at Christmas and left on the streets, families that were lied to by the one person they should have been able to trust, teens that broke the law and you had to help them deal with the bad circumstances. Seniors who are losing their loved ones and you have to sit beside them for 72 hours as they grieve. Although I know my situation may be a little different being a pastor, it’s still not an easy job to do. It gets tiring, exhausting, stressful as you decide what the best course of action is because not everything is black and white.
That is the "anxiety free" reality of computer programming
I had a baby crying all day while the other 3 ran and jumped screamed all day.
I have been struggling and wondering how people keep jobs, I mean I have hAd this job three years but I have had anxiety attacks, nauseated and diarrhea from nerves. Sometimes just smells can send me to the bathroom. I just wish I could be a stay at home mom again.
One other option is sometimes centres have a person that comes in to cover breaks so you would bounce from classroom to classroom relieving staff so your never in one place too long and most of it happens during lunch and nap times so it’s the quieter time of the day.
I hope that helps.
I know I was one to say that childcare can be stressful but there are ways around it if you are not looking to run something and just want to have baby cuddles.
We need just as many of you as we need of me!
computer programmer is very stressfull jobs.
you'll be pushed by client, everytime.....except you code for yourself...
The problem is that the world does not care so much about a very real problem for me. I need money desperately, but I also need to take care of my mental health before I can accomplish anything.
Does anyone know if Goodwill offers career counseling or any other organization that does that nationwide? I feel that I might be able to get some perspective if I have a goal to aim for, you know?
Returning to the work force after many years at home with 4 kids is super hard and competing against peers half my age and twice as clever. I simply can't cope taking on a contract and working 12 hour days with all the prep and marking plus dealing with über demanding parents, self-entitled students (especially in wealthier neighbourhoods), cliquey teacher lounges, and administrators who are vicious. Best of luck to those of you out there who struggle. God Bless