Work – regardless of the kind of work we do – whether or not we get on with our colleges or boss and are able to manage our workload - has the potential to either add value and meaning to our lives or diminish our quality of life and those around us - including our partners, children and families.
Workplace stress has become an ever-increasing occurrence in a time where life demands, the demands of society and survival issues (how can I pay my mortgage) have become an ever growing trend.
Considering the fact that many of us spend 8 hours or more a day at work, or 40-50 hours a week for 48 weeks a year at our workplace, we would all like to be able enjoy our work. Most people when asked "Do you enjoy your work?" answer "Yes ... but, I don’t get on with my boss ... or college ... or have another deadline ... to much on", etc. Imagine how those hours of frustration quickly add up each day for five or more days days a week. If this becomes unmanageble, in can seriously impact on our psychological and physical wellbeing.
Workplace stress can have many different causes and appear in many different ways. These are just a few examples:
If this speaks to you and you want to do something about it – you can.
When workplace stress remains unnoticed, unaddressed or unresolved, it can result in mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, increased worrying and sleep problems, and in many cases aggression. It can also manifest in physical symptoms such a stomach complaints, headaches, tiredness and a lowered immune system.
Seeing a therapist can provide support and assistance to identify the causes, and impacts on you and your family. It can help increase inner resources and teach strategies and communication skills to address the issues in an effective way. This will reduce workplace related anxiety or depression, increase self-confidence and sense of self-worth. This will result in improved quality of life and more harmonious relationships.