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Work-related stress

What is work-related stress?

Work can have a positive influence on our mental health and wellbeing but when we find ourselves in a work situation that we can’t control it can often lead to stress. Being fired or made redundant, having a poor performance review or simply having too much work can all lead to unmanageable levels of stress.

What are the symptoms?

Our bodies respond to demanding situations by releasing adrenaline and cortisone, natural chemicals that enable us to cope and overcome the issue. However, sometimes our stress levels can build up to such an extent that we feel physically and emotionally under attack.

It’s important to remember that everyone responds to stress in a different way but here are just a few signs you might recognise in yourself.

Physical symptoms include:

  • Back ache
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Dry mouth
  • Skin problems
  • Bowel problems
  • Frequent infections or colds
  • Feeling tired or worn out for most or all of the time

Behavioural symptoms:

  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Increased smoking, drinking or drug use

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling irritable or frustrated
  • Procrastination

How we can help treat work-related stress

There are lots of things you can do to beat work-related stress such as exercise, relaxation and moderating how much work you take on. If you’re still struggling, at Thinkaction we offer two effective treatments.

Counselling provides a supportive environment where you can learn new ways of coping with work-related stress.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you to identify how thoughts and behaviour impact on your mood. Your Thinkaction mental health practitioner will help you to develop more balanced thinking patterns and change unhelpful behaviour patterns that may cause or prolong symptoms of depression. This process is always carried out in a gradual, step-by-step way so you feel comfortable and in control.

When life gets too much we can help get you through

Call us on 0300 012 0012.
Ask your GP to refer you.
Text TALK to 82085.

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