Tips for Dealing with Workplace Issues and Stress

One’s workplace can often seem like a magnet for issues and stress. And how could these not be prevalent when most adults spend almost one-third of their lives at work?

Some jobs are inherently highly stressful, some are associated with higher levels of depression, and others with higher rates of substance abuse. In addition to mental health symptoms, individuals can also experience physical health issues due to work-related stress such as heart attacks or insomnia.

It is not always the stress of the work itself or factors you may readily think of that contribute to psychological problems. Rather, it is being in a space filled with conflicting personalities, roles, and expectations. This is just one category of contributing factors for why workplace stress occurs and contributes to mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Other issues and stressors include:

  • Bullying, gossip, harassment, and discrimination
  • Communication problems
  • Low job satisfaction and motivation
  • Poor job fit or performance issues

In addition to helping treat mental health symptoms, therapy can help employees learn coping skills for workplace-related issues and stress. During therapy, individuals can also learn conflict resolution and communication skills to help dissolve work-related matters.

Mindfulness, breathing techniques, and meditation are examples of techniques that anyone can practice and are often taught during talk therapy. All these can help individuals identify unhelpful thought patterns that contribute to stress, such as creating too much space for unrealistic expectations and not enough for receiving positive feedback or celebrating wins. 

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