Could your Employees be Struggling with Work Related Stress?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the primary treatment for work-related stress and all forms of anxiety. We have a highly trained and experienced team of CBT therapists in London to help overcome these difficulties at work and home. Our locations in the City of London, Harley Street and Victoria, make us easily accessible across central London. All of our therapists are accredited by the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies, the gold standard for CBT standards and accreditation in the UK.

What is Work Related Stress?

Stress is what we feel when we are under pressure. It is a completely normal response which we all experience from time to time and is our body’s reaction to feeling under threat; the flight or fight response. It is not dangerous. In fact, a certain amount of pressure can be quite helpful and motivating. If we have too much pressure for too long, we run the risk of a more severe stress reaction. This can be quite unpleasant in the short term, but also if the stress continues and is not managed, can be really bad for business and employee health.

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When to seek treatment for Work related stress

Your employees should consider treatment for Stress when:
You feel like you have no resilience, can’t cope with work and are reacting badly to situations at work
You’re experiencing anxiety and/or depressionl
You’re taking lots of days off, or not working effectively
You are not as productive as usual
You’re having problems sleeping
You have nausea, IBS symptoms, aches and pains
"I feel more capable of coping with daily stressors more calmly. I am particularly grateful for the imagery technique which I have found myself using to relax during or after a chaotic day at work."
Female, 36
"My confidence has increased at work and I have received positive feedback from my managers. I feel more confident and less anxious about my work life and personal life. The difference this has made to me has been life-changing."
Female, 29
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What you need to know

While the data is a refresh the reasons cited for work-related stress are the same and unchanged; management of workloads, lack of managerial support and organisational change continue to be the primary causative factors.
We require proactive and reactive approaches - bookending mental health strategies with our employee engagement activities, to prevent these issues arising, and providing evidence-based intervention to treat with long-term solutions. Here you can see employee outcome results for GPs with mental health problems or police officers with PTSD.
A mental health strategy has to overlook references to fruit and mindfulness (not to be confused with MBCT) if it is evidence-based.
An evidence-based strategy along with prevention and treatment requires a detection activity. If treatment is not clinically indicated then an exit pathway for general support is required (e.g. social support, HR interventions, Occupational Health for physical illness interventions). Punctuated throughout the wellbeing strategy are the activities that promote mental health needs – helping to optimise performance, reduce stigma, develop awareness, address professional themes, and signal buy-in from the top.
Workplace stress has adverse effects on employees' mental health, with an increased risk of anxiety, burnout, depression, and substance use disorders. Workers who are stressed at work are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, and poor dietary patterns.
Employers can help their employees reduce work related stress by providing the necessary mental health training to their managers. They can empower their teams to better understand their mental health and have difficult conversations using honest and open communication
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