THERAPY FOR WORK-RELATED STRESS
Serving Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Oakville, London, and the surrounding areas, Anchoridge Counselling wants to help you with any work-related stress you may be experiencing in your life.
Everyone who has ever held a job, at some point, felt the pressure
of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if
you love what you do, and in today’s hectic world, the workplace
too often seems like an emotional roller coaster.
Workplace stress is common. From new managers to new products
and technology, keeping up with the change at any workplace can
be overwhelming and frightening. One of the largest stressors is
interpersonal conflict – getting along with co-workers. Other
contributors to stress include: being under-trained for the position,
given high responsibility, working too many hours, low salary,
unstable work environment, harassment or discrimination in the
workplace, lack of encouragement or feeling undervalued.
Another reason people may experience increased work stress is from the feeling of being an “imposter”. Sometimes people are unable to acknowledge their accomplishments, feel as though they are a fraud or “not good enough”, or that they are being given credit for something they do not deserve. Imposter Syndrome is more common than one may think, and a frequent stressor at work.
Work-related stress doesn’t just disappear when you head home for the day. Everyone reacts to stress differently, and your personality type, ability to cope and how you respond to pressure may affect the symptoms you experience. There are common signs of work- related stress to look out for: lack of confidence or feeling unworthy, lack of concentration and productivity, increased sensitivity, irritability or short-tempered, headaches, isolating or avoiding social situations, and increased or low appetite. Work- related stress can also lead to sleep problems and feeling sad, impact your social life and you may pick up bad habits as a way of coping, such as smoking, drinking and over or under-eating.
Excessive work stress can lead to physical illness, feeling immobilized, depression and anxiety. It is also linked to anger management difficulties and marital/family distress. Burnout also happens as a result of emotional exhaustion and diminished sense of achievement from work. When stress exceeds your ability to cope, it stops being helpful and causes damage to your mind and body – as well as your job satisfaction.
How Do I Work Through Work-Related Stress?
Many of us believe we can handle whatever life throws at us, but it is okay to need a helping hand sometimes. At Anchoridge Counselling, we know that the workplace is where you spend a significant portion of your days. We understand the feelings of helplessness and frustration that arise when your livelihood becomes threatened and/or stressful. You don’t just “move on” or “leave it at the door”. Our team of therapists will evaluate each person individually to determine what type of treatment is best. Treatment is customized to fit the specific needs of each person. We use psychotherapy methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy, and supportive talk therapy to help individuals connect with your thoughts and emotions around your work experiences. Our team will help you work through your concerns, develop new coping skills and build self-resiliency.
You are worthy of help, no matter how trivial you may perceive your problems to be. There is no shame in reaching out – our team will support and empower you through your stressors. We spend so much time at work, so it is important to be happy and feel proud of what you do!