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Managing Work Related Stress

Work related stress is more common than we think. Research shows that 50% of employees report loss of sleep and low morale, connected to work related issues. This increase is partly due to the extra demands placed on employees due to extra financial pressure on companies (e.g. during & post recession). However, sustained pressures and expectations in a culture that promotes long hours and ever higher targets can induce physical and psychological illness, e.g. stress, lowered immune systems – illness, and burnout.

Of course the benefits of work include; social interaction, self-esteem (particularly when you feel that you have achieved well) and of course, financial payment! How do you know when work related stress is affecting you?

Symptoms of Work Related Stress may include some of the following:

  • Anxious thinking – includes having a busy or foggy mind and difficulty concentrating on the task at hand e.g. meeting deadlines
  • Low frustration tolerance e.g. “I’m going to walk out if she says that again.”
  • To withdraw from others within the workplace (including support), leading to low mood or depression
  • Performance anxiety – Difficulty delivery presentations due to internal critic
  • Feeling overwhelmed and out of control leading to anxiety
  • Over thinking the problem and strategizing on ways to fix it
  • Procrastination – why start something that you think you won’t do well or will be criticized for?
  • Over seeking reassurance from others in regards to work tasks
  • Panic attacks – chest pains, dizziness, shortness of breath
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • May tranquilise feelings (food/alcohol/overwork)
  • Mood swings/irritability

Online CBT & Mindfulness Counselling aims to support you with:

  • Reducing anxious thinking with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which has become the most evidence based and verified treatment for reducing anxiety
  • Learning Mindfulness based stress reduction techniques for the workplace & personal life
  • Changing work habits – taking breaks, scheduling advanced annual leave, establishing healthy habits with technology (rather than having 24 virtual office contact!) and establishing solution focused thinking to support these changes
  • Assertiveness and effective communication skills in the workplace
  • Provide you with self-supportive statements for difficult situations
  • Teach you coping skills to increase the ‘relaxation response’ instead of the ‘fight or flight’ response e.g. when called into a meeting suddenly!
Help you to overcome and manage worry
  • Increasing healthier thinking styles to support you in other areas of your life (e.g. task relevant thinking in work etc)
  • Increasing work/life balance for overall health and wellbeing (work, nutrition, restorative exercise, social support)

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that looks at:

  • Increasing work/life balance for overall health and wellbeing (work, nutrition, restorative exercise, social support)
  • What you think about the situation or problem you are experiencing and
  • How what you do and feel is influenced by what you think and believe. It includes a solution-focused approach to problems and supports positive change with CBT worksheets.

Mindfulness Therapy is beneficial because Mindfulness supports the body and the mind.

  • Integrating Mindfulness improves mental and physical health
  • It helps to relieve stress and improves clarity of mind
  • Mindfulness is supportive in the treatment of depression, low mood, anxiety, couples conflict and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness also helps people to manage painful emotions
(Harvard Medical School)