WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF WORK-RELATED STRESS?
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:
- Feeling tired, anxious or depressed
- Chest pains or increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Weight gain or loss, caused by change in eating habits
- Increased absence and sick rates
- Feeling on edge or overwhelmed
- Increased irritability, anger, defensiveness
- Increased alcohol or caffeine consumption
- Low productivity or motivation
- Trouble keeping track of or remembering things
- General body aches and pains
- Sleep disturbances
- 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.
HOW TO MANAGE & TREAT WORK RELATED STRESS?
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:
- Practice mindfulness
- Take some time to relax - (reading, going for a walk, listening to music, meditating)
- Reducing your alcohol/caffeine consumption
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Take regular exercise
- Practice good sleep hygiene
- Re-connect with friends and family
- Take a holiday - (you are entitled to it)
- 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.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STRESS MANAGEMENT THERAPY?
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.
HOW CAN OUR THERAPIST HELP YOU?
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.