Workplace Stress and Hypnotherapy

“Stress is the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demands placed on them.  There is a clear distinction between pressure, which can create a ‘buzz’ and be a motivating factor, and stress which can occur when this pressure becomes excessive”.   (Source: Health and Safety Executive).

The word stress is used very freely nowadays and quite often it’s referring to the ‘buzz’ mentioned above rather than the excessive pressure of stress.  However, there does appear to be a rise in actual stress workers are suffering and the following information from the Labour Force Stress and depression Survey  would support this:

  • 5 million Workers suffering from work-related stress, anxiety and depression (new and long-standing cases)
  • 5 million Working days lost
  • 40% Of all work-related ill-health cases
  • 49% Of all working days lost due to ill health (11.7 million)
  • 2 billion Annual cost of work-related stress, anxiety and depression in Great Britain 2014/15

Stress at work seems to be commonplace and even expected in some cases.  The occupations reporting the highest rates of work-related stress were public sector workers, e.g. health professionals, teachers and caring personal services.

In recent years the recession has resulted in money being short and with the explosion of information available on the internet, expectations by the public are at an all time high.  The people feeling the biggest impact of this situation are the staff.  While managers have to trim down resources and eliminate any waste, this can contribute to the stress they are suffering as well as the stress their workers are faced with.  Many suffer high stress levels but fear they will lose their job jobs or promotion opportunities if they complain, take time off work  or report that they are struggling with stress.

Reports have shown many staff take less annual leave than they did 10 years ago and having two or more jobs is not uncommon.

Symptoms of Stress:

The symptoms of stress are far- reaching and include:

  • Insomina
  • Poor Concentration
  • Vagueness
  • Poor Time Keeping
  • Drinking Excessive Caffeine
  • Drinking Excessive Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Palpitations
  • Feeling worthless
  • Feeling Anxious
  • No longer a team player/ Lacking cooperation

Long Term Effects of Stress:

The longer term effects are even more worrying and include many long term conditions such as cancer,  cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, stroke etc.

Tips to Help:

The following are some simple tips to help you cope with stress at work.

  1. Avoid using Nicotine, alcohol or caffeine
  2. Move more – get up and go a short walk or do an exercise class
  3. Talk to someone- keeping stress bottled up only makes it worse. If you can’t speak to someone in your workplace speak to a friend or counsellor outside of work to help you identify coping strategies and plan how you can deal with the problem.
  4. Make sure you factor in time for yourself. This can be to go a walk in the fresh air, have your nails or hair done or spend time having a laugh with a friend.
  5. Know and accept when you are tired and have an early night now and again.
  6. Learn to say ‘NO’. Saying yes to everything can become a bad habit and often we say yes when we know fine we can’t fit the task in.  People won’t be annoyed if you just say politely “No, I’m not able to do that unfortunately”.
  7. Eat Healthily – Eating good quality food and avoiding sugary food will make you better able to cope with things.
  8. Journal – write down your feelings. This will help you get the stress out of your head and onto paper.
  9. Listen to a hypnosis recording or a relaxation App. (subscribe to my newsletter to get my Rest and Relax audio Click here if you’ve not already got it)
  10. Make time for fun – having a laugh is one of the best strategies for stress.

Remember You can’t take the stress out of life  but you can take the stress out of you.  Hypnotherapy helps people manage stress and get back in control.  If you want to find out more just get in touch.