‘It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it’

Do you dread the thought of Monday mornings?

Work-related stress is one of the biggest problems of modern day living. The insecure environment, inadequate income, downsizing and worry about the future are all contributing factors for stress.

‘Layoffs’ and ‘redundancy’ have become common bywords in the workplace. Job insecurity is a nasty product of economic instability. In addition, the pressure to perform all the time, fear of job loss and the nervousness about being left behind can spike stress levels.

Frequent headaches, stomach problems and acidity, increased alcohol consumption, fatigue and lack of concentration can all point to stress.

Worry about paying your mortgage, paying school fees and providing for your retirement can become overwhelming concerns. If you find that the stress is starting to dominate your life and disrupt your happiness, it’s probably time to seek guidance.

While some stress is natural and necessary for productivity, excessive stress impacts our emotional and physical wellbeing. As a result, you may experience low performance and may feel overwhelmed with deadlines and other work-related pressures.

Everyone may not react in the same to the same situations at work. For example, your colleagues may not give a second thought to a looming meeting with a difficult client – it all depends on our individual ability to cope. Your ability to cope with stress may make all the difference between success and failure.

It’s not possible to control everything in your work environment. Certain situations will continue (like a difficult boss or unhelpful colleagues).  But the good news is that you can always focus on controlling the most important thing: You.

Your stressful emotions may become contagious and have an adverse impact on loved ones and others around you. Your family may also feel down and depressed because you are struggling with volatile emotions. Stress often has a damaging effect on relationships.

Tips to Deal with Work-related Stress

  • Learn to delegate tasks- you don’t have to do everything yourself
  • Control knee-jerk, reactive behaviour
  • Learn to say no to overwork

Coping strategies can help you rethink your attitude towards stress and conversely, you will also be less affected by stress around you. Counselling at www.caswillow.com can empower you to feel good about yourself and this in turn helps you make a positive impact on others around you.



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