Anxiety and its impacts on a newsreader
Jess Dunsdon is an ITV presenter who candidly put down her mic and took centre stage for a brave and touching insight into her struggle with anxiety. For Jess, it felt like she was constantly being chased by a tiger with no escape. Her nerves were shot to pieces, she could not breathe for 9 months as it felt like an Elephant was sat on her chest. These are not easy things to admit and shows real guts and courage to sit there in front of strangers and talk us through her experience. Here I have focused on some of the key learning points from her experience.
Impact on her work
Jess still went to work but inside felt like she was dying. She was more anxious at being signed off rather than concerned with the impact going to work was having on her. Now she views it as at bit silly for not taking time off work. She wished employers had sat her down and told her to go home whilst assuring her she would be reintroduced to work at a slower pace she was happy with. If others are going through this experience she says:
“I wish I could tell myself that there was going to be an end so telling yourself it will get better is really important. Recovery is different for everyone. Small steps, although its not glamorous can help get you through. Keep moving forward.”
This was live-blogged during a session at the CIPD Jersey #Think Conference – I’ve tried to capture a faithful summary of the highlights for me but my own bias, views – and the odd typo – might well creep in.