Work Place Stress

Workplace Stress

Workplace stress refers to the physical, emotional, and psychological strain experienced by individuals in response to work-related pressures, demands, and expectations. It can result from factors such as heavy workloads, tight deadlines, lack of support, role ambiguity, and interpersonal conflicts in the workplace. Chronic workplace stress can have significant implications for mental health and well-being.

How can work place stress affect you?

  • Emotional Impact: It can lead to feelings of frustration, irritability, anxiety, and overwhelm. Individuals may experience a sense of powerlessness or helplessness in managing work-related challenges.
  • Physical Symptoms: Workplace stress can manifest as physical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, muscle tension, gastrointestinal problems, and sleep disturbances.
  • Cognitive Functioning: It can impair cognitive abilities such as concentration, memory, decision-making, and problem-solving, affecting productivity and performance.
  • Social Functioning: Workplace stress can strain relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and family members due to increased irritability, withdrawal, or difficulties balancing work and personal life.

How to cope with work place stress

  • Self-Care: Prioritise self-care activities that promote stress management and relaxation, such as regular exercise, healthy eating, sufficient sleep, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques.
  • Time Management: Ask for help to develop effective time management and organisational skills to prioritise tasks, set realistic goals, and establish boundaries between work and personal life.
  • Communication: Communicate openly and assertively with supervisors or colleagues about workload concerns, deadlines, and expectations. Seek support or assistance when needed and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  • Boundaries: Set boundaries around work-related responsibilities and commitments to prevent burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance. It is okay to say no to additional tasks or projects when necessary.
  • Support Networks: Build a support network of colleagues, friends, or mentors who can provide encouragement, advice, and perspective during times of stress. Share experiences and seek guidance from others who may have faced similar challenges.
  • Seek Help: If workplace stress is impacting your mental health, seek help from a qualified mental health professional, such as a therapist, counsellor, or psychologist. Therapy can provide coping strategies, stress management techniques, and support to navigate work-related challenges.

Where to get help

Tough Enough To Care:

Text Tough to 85258 for free and confidential advice and support. Alternatively you can visit one of our support groups. Find your nearest one here.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Many employers offer EAPs, which provide confidential counselling, support, and resources for employees experiencing work-related stress or personal challenges.

Charities and Organisations:

Able Futures can help you manage work whilst managing a mental health problem.

Citizens Advice can offer free and confidential information about your rights and support available to you.