is becoming an increasing problem in the fast paced work environment. It is pervasive and can significantly impact both mental and physical health, ultimately the consequences can lead to a decline in overall wellbeing and productivity, even burnout.
Recognising signs and symptoms of work-related stress is the first important step towards addressing the problem.
Common emotional or mental symptoms of work-related stress include:
• Difficulty in concentrating
• lost confidence in your abilities
• finding it hard to make decisions
• feeling unmotivated
• Suffering depression
• feeling irritable or short tempered
• Suffering anxiety symptoms
• Emotions high, more tearful or sensitive
• Feeling things are out of control so feeling overwhelmed
• Unable to ‘switch off’ and have ‘down time’ away from work
• Suffering noticeable mood swings
You might get physical effects, these might include:
• Feeling tired
• Lacking energy
• IBS like Symptoms like diarrhoea or constipation
• Aches and pains
• Feeling sick
• Tension headaches
• Weight gain or loss
• Chest pains or tightness in your chest
• Experiencing sexual problems or no longer enjoying sex
Any physical symptoms MUST be medically checked before a therapist can work with you.
Reducing the stress affect
Individuals can significantly reduce the adverse effects of stress by understanding effective stress management strategies. Things like seeking support and talking things through because shouldering worries alone can allow them to magnify. Setting realistic goals, understanding time management, and establishing work-life boundaries are all important too.
Additionally, being proactive about prioritising mental health and seeking professional help where necessary, can ensure long-term success in combating work-related stress. Seeking the help of a professional therapist who is able to provide a safe neutral environment can be invaluable, allowing you space and time to talk things through with someone outside your normal circle of work colleagues, friends or family. Learning a proactive approach to stress management and your own wellbeing, is something that can lead to a healthier, happier, and more balanced working life. If you need help take the first step, get in touch.
Chair APHP & NRPC