Today, I wanted to talk about something that I rarely normally like talking about…but I figured it's a good way to help people that are in a similar situation to me.
I have been a sufferer from anxiety for most of my life. I take medication for it, and this has really hindered me in many aspects of my life.
I struggled at university to attend lectures, and my work suffered for it. But the biggest issue with my anxiety…
I also found it really hard when I was in a job situation
When working 9 to 5 in an office because, some days, I really couldn't face going into the office. I know there's a lot of people who feel that way, as well.
I just couldn't do it. I couldn't do it every day.
Normally, with the anxiety, the best way to overcome things was just to really push myself, so I would.
I used to be a musician, so I would play concerts in front of a crowd, but, beforehand, I was really nervous. One time, I was about to play on the radio at my university, and I remember sitting outside the studio room, and I was just having a panic attack.
Everything told me just to walk away, just to walk away.
I found that in very stressful times, when I was working in jobs that I'd just get so stressed, and the more stressed I got, the more panic-stricken I got.
That's when I decided I have to be my own boss – because then I control the stress levels.
I thought there was no option for me. I know a lot of people might feel that, too, if you suffer from something like this, anxiety, depression. You might not feel that you can be a part of the working world…and you need to be part of the working world because…well, we need money!
Then I found online teaching, and I had found something that I could do where it was on my terms.
It wasn't very stressful for me showing up to class. I was really enjoying it, and I could be silly. For example:
Don't get me wrong. After a long stretch of classes, I'd feel really drained.
That's what I find with things like social anxiety. If you're social for too long, you do get very drained, and I'm quite an introvert myself. I spend a lot of time alone.
I found that with the online teaching, it was very manageable, much more manageable than being around people in a workplace for 9:00 to 5:00 work hours a day.
After finishing my classes, I could just close the lid on my laptop, I've done my job, and that's that then! Here is my video on the day in the life of an online teacher:
And through online teaching, I managed to build up this website and earn money that way, as well as get freelance writing jobs.
There's plenty of ways for sufferers of anxiety or social anxiety, to still earn money…
…and still give back to the workplace and still give back to people, even if you do struggle to be around people all the time or if high levels of stress make you panic.
I wanted to make this video and article, but I didn't want to do a sob story. I wanted to tell this story for a reason.
When I told my family stuff about it, they were shocked. They said…
“You're the last person we thought had anxiety!”
I guess because I was always out doing something. I was always doing stuff like creative projects, public speaking and the music and performing, because simply I had to overcome it.
You have a couple of options with anxiety
You could sit inside all the time and just not do anything. That's not the way to do it. For me personally, I had to just face it and overcome it…
…but there was many aspects where I just couldn't…and that was especially in the working world.
I could overcome anxiety through playing the concerts because I knew after that concert had finished, that was it then. I could go away from the crowd, and I could reflect and be on my own, and it's fine…
…but when you're in the working world and you know you've got to be there, but if you can't be there, then you lose your job.
That's why I wanted to make this article because a lot of people aren't open about it, and if you're not open about it and you're sat there suffering on your own…we don't want that!
So I just wanted to talk about the job that helps me still be part of the world and still give my value to people.
Because you don't want to hide away and hide away your value…because you have skills, and if you don't use those skills or you can't use them in the workplace because of anxiety, then it's a shame. It's a real shame…because you should use your skills. You have value.
Online teaching has been the winner for me. I've got so much information on teaching English online as a freelancer, so it's another option for you in case your job search is getting you down. Check out my free video course below on getting hired as an online teacher:
I hope this is helpful to some people. I really wish you all the best because it is tough. It's tough, but you don't have to hide away. There's always another option. Online teaching has just been an absolute joy to me in my situation, so I hope it is for you, as well.
Hopefully you didn't click on this article expecting a 10 Best Jobs for People with Anxiety with a never-ending list.
Hopefully just my personal experience has been enough for you.
However here is a little list anyway…
Best Jobs for People with Anxiety
- Teaching English Online
- Freelance specialist work
- Skillshare Course Maker
- You could even start your own blog or niche website
These are the ones I recommend because they are the ones that I have successfully done.
I wish you all the best in your job search! And you can check out my post below on how I found a job in 10 Steps during my 6 months of unemployment after graduation: