what is Stress and work-related stress?
Feeling stressed? We often use the term “stress” in our culture, but what exactly IS stress? While sometimes difficult to explain, we all know how it feels. You lie down for bed, completely exhausted from the day, and while you want nothing more than to go to sleep, your mind begins to race, thinking about that day, beginning to think about tomorrow and what you need to do, analyzing what you could have done better today and what you need to do better tomorrow. You begin to anticipate another stressful day. And all the while the clock keeps ticking towards tomorrow morning. You finally fall to sleep, but you wake periodically during the middle of the night, checking the clock frantically, hoping that it’s not time to get up, hoping for more time to sleep, and becoming more anxious about how tired you already are.
You get up for the morning, rushing through your morning routine, perhaps barely attending to your spouse or kids, just doing what “needs to get done” before rushing out the door for work. The rest of the day follows as such. The drive to work becomes more aggravating, co-workers become obstacles to “getting things done”, and you are always anticipating criticism from the boss. You are becoming resentful of others, as you feel like “I have to do everything” to be successful. And the day goes on. You begin to feel overwhelmed almost daily. You make it through and now all you want to do is go to sleep. You lie down for bed, completely exhausted from the day, and it starts all over again.
Is Your Stress Work-Related?
We often use the term “work-life balance”, although it can be a bit deceiving. This term implies that we can always balance our work and life equally. In reality, however, work-life balance for most of us means an acceptable way to give our best with both our career and our personal, or family, life. This “balance” may change on a daily basis and will likely continue to evolve.
Work-life balance issues may present themselves as increased anxiety, depression, stress, or possibly even problems with alcohol or drugs. There is no one way that work-life balance issues presents in people. One person may have a mood change, being much more irritable than normal, and another may simply isolate and withdraw. When others around you notice that you are “off” or “seem stressed” or even encourage you to take a mental health day off from work, you may be experiencing work-life balance issues.
Do any of these stress symptoms describe you?
You are having trouble with sleep, either getting to sleep or waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about your stressors or about work
You have more difficulty motivating yourself
You are more fatigued or tired than normal
You feel bad about yourself
You find yourself crying more often
You begin to avoid being around people
You are more irritable
You anticipate bad things happening
You have become more resentful of others
You don’t feel well physically
You are worrying excessively about work
You have difficulty concentrating on just one task, or constantly multi-tasking
You feel worthless, like you can never measure up to everyone’s expectations
Your work hours are increasing as is your stress level
You are spending less time with family/partner/spouse
You are feeling hopeless about how you’re going to manage everything
You are starting to resent your job due to its high demands
You are unable to focus/be present with your family when not at work
You have increased arguments with your partner/spouse/significant other about work
What does this mean? The term “stress” has been defined as “physical, mental or emotional strain or tension” caused by “perceived demands and expectations that exceed” one’s abilities or resources available at a given time.
These feelings can often stem from our relentless thoughts about things that we should have done better in the past and holding on to negative feelings from the past, as well as frustration due to our propensity to plan the future, anticipating negative events, barriers or criticism, and trying to control events that we have little control over. As a result, we can begin to develop negative self-talk and feelings that can have a major impact on one’s health, well-being, social and familial relationships. Oftentimes, the experience of these symptoms over time can lead you to live a life that is inconsistent with your values, life-goals and social expectations.
When treating stress and work-related stress at Catalyss Counseling, we focus on the specific symptoms that you may be experiencing and work with you to identify ways in which you can make small changes that will leave you more satisfied with your life. We work with you to develop techniques to cope with stress while also working on the underlying concerns, in an effort to address the source of your distress, rather than only treating the symptoms. While coping with stress can be effective in managing daily barriers, making incremental changes that will remove the sources of stress or shifting how we define the role of stress in our lives can lead to a more satisfying life long-term. We work with you to identify your values and goals, and to address those barriers in your life that prevent you from living your best life.
stress and work stress facts
Did you know that 48% of American report that they experience stress that negatively impacts their personal or professional lives, and 33% report that they feel they are living with extreme stress? The leading causes of stress include work pressures, financial issues, political concerns, relationships, overstimulation from the media, and violence or crime. Stress can have negative impacts on one’s psychological and physical health, with 77% of adults reporting physical complaints and 73% reporting psychological symptoms.
While you may feel out of control with trying to manage your stress or work-related stress, therapy for stress management can help you regain your life back. You can feel better and get back to being yourself. You can enjoy the things that are important to you in your life, and make the most out of your work, relationships, and family once more. By examining and redefining your values and how you achieve them, the therapists at Catalyss Counseling help you find both achievement and connection in your job and your personal life. Stress and work-related stress are very treatable, and at Catalyss Counseling we can help you Conquer Your Stress.
stress management treatment at catalyss counseling
Treating stress and work-related stress first requires identification of the sources that are causing the negative thoughts and feelings, as well as how those symptoms impact your daily life. At Catalyss Counseling, our licensed therapists work from a holistic approach, working with you to identify the sources of stress, in all domains of your life, including health and wellness, family, social, work and spiritual. We offer immediate tools to relieve your daily stress and work towards a more healthy and satisfying lifestyle, while at the same time working towards identifying deeper issues that can be addressed over time. We believe that the ultimate goal in therapy is to treat the underlying source of stress, so that you may live more long-lasting, satisfying life.
Coordination of Care:
Many people experiencing stress may also have a co-occurring medical issue, alcohol or drug abuse/addiction, depression, or anxiety at the same time. Because it is difficult to treat these issues separately, at Catalyss Counseling we specialize in treating the whole person at one time. We coordinate closely with other medical professionals in the community and work together as a treatment team. We use evidence-based treatments to assess your symptoms, identify the impact they are having on your life, give you coping skills to manage your stress, and guide you in changing your life.
This results in better social and family relationships, less work-related stress, and more self-care. The process of therapy can be difficult at times, but we strive to make it as easy on you as possible by connecting with you and identifying your needs, wants and goals to make lasting change in your life. We empower you to make the changes in your life that you want to see. Through therapy for stress management at Catalyss Counseling, you will Conquer Your Stress.
how therapy works
Counseling for stress management and work-related stress with Catalyss Counseling can help you Conquer Your Stress. Our therapists specialize in treating stress and work-related stress using a variety of evidence-based perspectives. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat stress, contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation, or you can book directly online with the therapist of your choice.
Check out our recent blog on 4 Ways to Balance Work and Family.