Understanding the effects of work related stress
A little stress in our lives can be a good thing as it can help us to be more productive, motivated and creative, sometimes even leaving us with a feeling of mild euphoria. Unfortunately, too much stress leads to ill health, anxiety and even depression.
It is a known fact that about eight times as many people working in corporate, law enforcement, medical and teaching fields have more stress related health issues than those who work in other professions.
The demands on a persons ability to continue with a healthy work-life balance in these fields can be immense. The risks of emotional, physical and mental health issues are a very real concern, and only getting worse.
Heavy workloads, high demands, targets, pressures and strict codes of conduct come with a high level of duress that can very soon begin to sap our energy and lead us on a downward slope to ill health.
The impact of stress on our body’s system is profound. Nowadays there’s little doubt that stress promotes the growth and spread of some diseases, making our bodies more open to cancer, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Because the heart is the first organ to experience stress, it’s no coincidence that living under higher and higher levels of expectation and stress is causing these acute problems.
The effects of stress on a mental and emotional level can lead to mood disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality changes and depression. Irritability, moodiness, feeling overwhelmed, anger and agitation are just some of the myriad of symptoms that can affect a person when they leave the stress unchecked.
The salient facts are that if we can recognise that we are under too much pressure, we can take action to avoid getting ourselves anywhere near the point at which it's too late to do anything about.
For anyone, whether an individual or part of a workforce, stress management programmes are a truly supportive and empowering way to let go of limiting beliefs and behavioural patterns, get back on track, and learn valuable coping strategies. At the same time improving the home-work-life balance.
By using a combination of therapies, such as hypnotherapy, BWRT (BrainWorking Recursive Therapy), counselling and NLP, stress management programmes offer a confidential, non-judgemental service that ensures anyone can realise and achieve much more than they might were they to go it alone.
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About Debbie Stanton
Debbie Stanton is an advanced, accredited and registered hypnotherapist, psychotherapist, counsellor, GAD therapist and advanced BWRT® practitioner, specialising in stress, anxiety, corporate stress management, GAD and PTSD.
Offering sessions via Skype, phone or in person from Colchester, Hadleigh or Sudbury.