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Work Related Stres

What is work-related stress?

Stress has a number of meanings but when we talk about it in relation to psychological or emotional wellbeing, stress refers to a pressure(s) that we cannot cope with or that is overwhelming us. There are several symptoms that can be experienced when dealing with work related stress, these include (but are not limited to):

  • Lack of resilience – feeling of not coping, reacting adversely to work situations

  • Anxiety

  • Absenteeism and presenteeism

  • A drop in production rate

  • Depression

  • Sleeping problems and insomnia

  • Disruption in our thinking patterns making it harder for us to consider things in a calm, clear and measured way

  • Changes in appetite

  • Reduction in sex drive

Stress is not an illness in itself but it is a contributory factor in the development of many physical and emotional problems including high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, headaches, chronic fatigue, stomach problems, back pain, anxiety, depressionObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and relationship problems. It can also exacerbate existing conditions including asthma, overeating and alcoholism.

How common is work-related stress?

Work related stress has been attributed to a large percentage of anxiety issues and is seen as one of the most prevalent conditions in the U.K. In 2013, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that stress is the most important reason behind long-term sickness absence.

What is the treatment for work-related stress?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the primary treatment for work related stress. A good stress management programme will involve:

  • Identifying sources of stress at work

  • Identifying unhelpful ways in which you currently deal with stress

  • Developing alternative and more helpful ways of responding to stress that do not undermine your physical and emotional well-being.


Anticipating future potential sources of stress at work and developing coping strategies in advance

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