What Is It Like To Struggle With Work Stress?
If you feel that your working life and personal life are out of balance, your physical and mental health are both likely to suffer, and you may well experience problems in your relationships in and out of work.
When the pressures of work make you feel excessively anxious and unhappy, stress can consume you and take over your life. You may find that you are unable to concentrate or motivate yourself to complete important tasks. This can negatively impact your self-esteem, leaving you feeling like you’re not good enough. It can also sap your energy, leaving you exhausted and unable to take pleasure in the activities and relationships that used to bring you joy.
As work preoccupies you more and more, you may find yourself avoiding social situations,
and engaging in binge-eating or drinking behaviours as a way of numbing your feelings. This can result in burnout, leaving you unable to function physically or mentally, and often leading to a prolonged absence from work.
Work Stress Counselling
We offer interventions to rebalance your life and help you manage work stress. Our expert team of counsellors and psychotherapists will work with you to set limits and boundaries, and help you review and reset your life and career goals. Work stress counselling may include:
- Revisiting your personal definition of success away from over-identification with your work role
- Learning strategies to deal with challenging work relationships
- Working on self-awareness through a variety of evidence based techniques like mindfulness
- Discovering your identity apart from work by enhancing different roles in your life that are being discarded because of work (role as partner, parent, friend, woman/man, sibling, grandchild, child etc.)
- Learning how to say “no” to certain things in order to say “yes” to yourself
- Learning how to set achievable realistic goals
- Working on perfectionism
- Creating healthy habits around self-care
Our nutrition team will help you balance your nutrition, eating and lifestyle behaviours including exercise and sleep. This can stabilise your physiology, and thereby reduce the physiological symptoms of stress. Reviving your energy levels will enable you to focus on work and personal commitments.
Work Stress Self Help
You may not be ready to talk to us yet, so here are some self-help strategies that can help you reduce work stress:
- It is important to speak up to managerial staff when you feel that work demands are getting too much.
- Be efficient at prioritising your tasks, and allowing yourself enough time for each task.
- Take regular breaks at work, make sure you have a lunch break, and get out of the workplace if possible.
- Plan and schedule your social and personal activities in a calendar in the same way you do with your work commitments.
- Reduce stress by doing regular exercise, enjoying hobbies, finding ways to relax and enjoying friendships.