Is it time to consider therapy for work-related stress?

Are you no longer able to cope with the work demands being placed on you? Have your deadlines become unrealistic? Are you dealing with difficult colleagues on a day-to-day basis? Are you dissatisfied with your job or career? Has your work-life balance deteriorated?
Work-related stress can affect anyone, at any time, at any level within an organisation or profession. A certain degree of stress can be used constructively, for example when hitting that urgent deadline or goal. However, when the feelings of stress become excessive and overwhelming, affecting your physical and mental health, it may be time to reach out for support. If left untreated, stress can easily develop into anxiety or depression.


A range of factors can contribute towards work-related stress, from conflict with co-workers, irregular working hours, feeling undervalued, lack of career development, bullying, financial worries, personal issues outside of work and more. If left untreated, stress can manifest into physical and emotional symptoms including:

  1. Feeling tired, anxious or depressed
  2. Chest pains or increased heart rate
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Weight gain or loss, caused by change in eating habits
  5. Increased absence and sick rates
  6. Headaches
  7. Feeling on edge or overwhelmed
  8. Increased irritability, anger, defensiveness
  9. Increased alcohol or caffeine consumption
  10. Low productivity or motivation
  11. Trouble keeping track of or remembering things
  12. General body aches and pains
  13. Sleep disturbances
  14. Gastrointestinal problems

Work-related stress can affect any of us if we fail to recognise and address the signs and symptoms. The ease of access to communications technologies has further fuelled the 24-hours/always on society we live in today. The lines between work and home-time have become increasingly blurred with the ability to check emails and messages around the clock. It is all too easy to lose sight of what a healthy work-life balance should be, forgetting to take time to pause and check in with ourselves, both mentally and physically.


For many people work-related stress is short term and they can resolve related issues and concerns quickly. However, when periods of stress changes from days into weeks, there are a few techniques you may want to consider:

  1. Practice mindfulness
  2. Take some time to relax - (reading, going for a walk, listening to music, meditating)
  3. Reducing your alcohol/caffeine consumption
  4. Maintain a healthy diet
  5. Take regular exercise
  6. Practice good sleep hygiene
  7. Re-connect with friends and family
  8. Take a holiday - (you are entitled to it)
  9. Speak with your employer and communicate your worries

If you feel as though things have got too much and you are not able to manage work-related stress on your own, then it may be time to consider support from a stress management therapist.


A stress management therapist can introduce you to a number of techniques to help you manage and cope with work-related stress, including CBT, mindfulness, breathing techniques and more. These techniques can help boost your mental health, improve your perspective of your stresses, and as a result improve your work-life balance.


Contact MindSpace 247 today if you are suffering with work-related stress and anxiety. It is said 60% of staff are distracted at work due to life events resulting in lowered morale and increased stress or anxiety. Our therapists have vast experience helping people overcome stress relating to work, giving them the support they need to improve their attitudes to work. When you talk to our therapists, they will help teach you the most effective stress management techniques, helping you to improve your work-life balance and recognise and deal with the root issues of your stress.

Do not use this service for emergency medical needs. If you experience a non life threatening emergency or you are seriously ill and require urgent attention, call your in-country emergency services immediately. Please see our Emergency Resources section.

Callers must be 18 or over. Sessions under UK law only.

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