For many people, work related stress can become an unbearable burden. All too often we feel we must just keep our heads down and carry on with the job in hand despite knowing deep down that we are struggling.
What causes work related stress?
The health and safety executive tell us that work related stress is defined as “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure of work or other types of demands placed on them”.
Essentially when stress is triggered as a result of work pressures it can be due to a number of reasons such as long hours, excessive workloads, tight deadlines, lack of support, harassment/bullying.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Often people don’t recognise the symptoms of work related stress and instead adopt a ‘coping’ mechanism putting it down to just being extra busy and they should be able to cope. People can also convince themselves that it’s just for a short while until things get better but more often than not this is not the case.
Work related stress can manifest itself into various symptoms which can include: insomnia leading to tiredness, Irritability or outbursts of anger, low mood, consuming too much caffeine or alcohol, low productivity accompanied by feelings of low achievement, regular absence and a higher sickness rate, being accident-prone, being cynical and defensive, finding fault, headaches, backache, indigestion, weight loss or gain, shortness of breath, regular or lingering colds.
How can I get help?
Preston Counselling Associates are an experienced team of associate counsellors offering a wide range of private and confidential support, based around Preston, but cover the North West region including:- Blackpool, Lytham, Chorley, Leyland, St Annes, Penwortham and more.