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What is work related stress?

In simple terms, work related stress is a form of stress caused by things that happen at work. Having an element of challenge is a natural part of having a job and to a certain extent most people enjoy it, we tend to work faster and be more focused when there is some stress. However, when those challenges override the ability to cope, the body and mind can begin to suffer. Although stress is a natural and useful human response, in excess it can be very unhealthy and cause all sorts of havoc across the body, including headaches, high blood pressure and depression. An estimated 13.4 million sick days are taken for work related stress every year.

Work related stress is a growing problem in Britain. Increasing numbers of people report to feeling overworked, unappreciated, underpaid and/or bullied in the workplace. This can lead to further complications such as - anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and even suicidal thoughts, along with physical health problems, relationship issues, sleep loss and feelings of self-doubt and inferiority.

How can counselling help?

Counselling aims to help you get to the root cause of the problems that are causing you stress and help you unravel your feelings. We are all different, and as such we all react differently to certain situations. Counselling will help you explore your own thinking patterns and ways of behaving within the work environment. Sometimes, problems are deep rooted, and if they are not tackled at the root you may find you will continue to encounter the same problems time and time again.
Counselling can help you see things more clearly and enable you the freedom to find a way forward.

Further reading and self-help

Overcoming Your Workplace Stress: A CBT based Self Help Guide’ (2011) by Martin Bamber

Managing Stress in the Workplace’ How to Get Rid of Stress at Work and Live a Longer Life (2014) by Joe Martin