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Stress in the Workplace

Many of us have been in the unfortunate situation of having a terrible day at work, or sometimes many terrible days in a row. Perhaps your boss is micromanaging you, and you find yourself having some difficulty throughout the day in taking a deep breath. Perhaps you have found yourself lying awake at night, worrying about everything you have to complete at work and wondering how you’ll ever get it all done. Maybe you find yourself in a very poor mood on the way to or from work, you experience terrible dread the night before returning to work, and/or you may find that you have difficulty relaxing and enjoying life when you’re off the clock.

The workplace in our present climate is often not the friendliest of places. In business terms, we are seeing more and more acquisitions, mergers, and layoffs, all of which can be incredibly stressful on a business, and as a result, on the people who keep it running. Benefits may leave something to be desired. You may feel as if you have been given too much responsibility, or feel powerless to change aversive situations at work for fear of losing your job. Chronic and ongoing work stress can begin to have a serious effect on any individual, both mentally and physically.

Work stress can appear in other forms as well. Some occupations are inherently stressful, such as for those in the emergency medical field, or for members of disaster relief teams, etc. Others may work in conditions that are in and of themselves aversive, such as poor lighting, ventilation, or temperature control.

Often, individuals believe that the pressures they face at work are a normal part of life, and that no action is required. However, this isn’t always the case. Stress in the workplace can be a serious issue. If you have found that there are pressures, dynamics, or situations at work that have significantly impeded your quality of life, there is private therapy that can help. Specifically, many experts in private therapy in London practice cognitive-behavioural therapy, which is a method of treatment that aims at identifying and correcting faulty thought patterns that contribute to one’s depression or anxiety.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is also excellent for teaching patients various coping techniques for managing stress.

If you have found that you are snapping at your family because your boss has been completely abhorrent at work, or for any other reason, it may be time to talk to someone. In some cases, it may be useful to know your legal rights. Many adults only know the bare basics of stress management, but there are many resources available to assist you with coping skills, self-care, and professional treatment if the stress you are experiencing has become too much.

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