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Help and Support for Stress at Work and Career Issues

How do I know if work is causing me stress?

Sadly, work-related pressures and employment problems are one of the leading causes of stress and tension, poor health and damaged relationships. Stress reduces work efficiency and leads to more regular absences, potentially damaging income. Have a look at the signs, symptoms and causes below. Do any of them apply to you?

Signs and symptoms of work stress:

  • Memory problems
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor judgement
  • Negative thinking
  • Anxious or ‘racing’ thoughts
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Worry
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of libido
  • Frequent colds or illnesses
  • Poor digestion and erratic eating patterns
  • Lack of sleep or disturbed sleep
Causes of work stress:

  • Poor working conditions e.g. bad lighting
  • Long working hours
  • Excessive workload
  • Feeling undervalued
  • Workplace bullying
  • Intense pressure to meet deadlines
  • Fear of the future
  • Fear of financial problems
  • Difficulty balancing finances

How can stress counselling help me?

At Fresh Mind Therapy, we are dedicated to helping you regain work/life balance and find job satisfaction. Through reducing high stress levels, addressing any anger issues, supporting you through career changes and building your self-esteem, we can help you move forward. We can also help those afraid of public speaking and those dealing with people management issues. We use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques which have been found to be highly effective in the treatment of work-related anxiety disorders. CBT rests on the premise that it is not simply events at work which cause us stress, it is also the way we think about them. Counselling and therapy sessions will therefore help you to:

  • Identify and explore the true causes of your work stress
  • Evaluate your feelings and the behaviours associated with work and stress
  • Develop improved coping strategies to manage work pressures
  • Balance work and home-life
  • Develop effective techniques for long-term management of stress at work

If work stress is sending you into despair, get in touch with us now for help

How can I reduce my stress levels at work?

Start to make your work life easier today by taking these steps:

  1. Make your work environment physically comfortable as far as you can
  2. Ask for help – increase your support network in the office
  3. Increase your communication and be assertive about your needs
  4. Take regular breaks and walk about or get some fresh air during the day
  5. Eat well and often
  6. Improve or introduce stress management practises into your routine e.g. meditation or yoga or walking
  7. Work regular hours as far as you can and take the breaks and holidays you’re entitled to
  8. Make time for personal relationships outside of work