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North London Stress Management Centre.
Tel: 020 8444 4871
The prevalence of work-related stress is a sign of our times and the majority of us will, at some point in our working lives, experience at least some its classic symptoms, even if we have otherwise successful and rewarding careers. Covid-19, and the change in working practices and conditions that have come into place as a result of the pandemic, has greatly increased the numbers of people suffering from stress, many of who are desperate to understand what is happening to them, their loved ones, their finances, their health, their futures.The trend towards home-working as a direct response to the current situation has not resulted in people being less stressful. On the contrary, we are coming across many people whose stress levels have actually increased as a result of the change in their working environments, where micro-management takes a hold and we are more obliged to justify and account for our actions, movements and whereabouts.
Stress brings about exhaustion, increasing physical problems (back and heart pains, ME, persistent migraines, IBS etc) insomnia, mood swings, poor attention spans, irritability, addictions. We can easily escape into our own worlds when we are suffering, whist alienating family, friends and colleagues. We can experience a general sense that life has lost all meaning, all excitement, all adventure. Those of us who can somehow operate under these conditions do so in a kind of intense stupor, perhaps able to convince others by our outward appearance that everything is OK, that we can function, that yes, we may be stressed out but really, we’re fine.
Yet the condition burns us up inside, we spend our lives experiencing ever destructive patterns of behaviour until one day, the tension becomes so unbearable that something snaps.
This may be an extreme view and it is important to differentiate between stress (which is an illness) and what could be described as typical job frustration, where we may be tired of the routine that our current job dictates, upset at being overlooked for promotion, being overworked, often underpaid but seeing that there is, however difficult it may seem, some kind of escape route. Those who suffer stress, however, see no such outcome which is why, unless treated, the situation inevitably worsens.
If you feel that you are tied to your job, that you do not get on with colleagues, that the work is not only monotonous but deeply frustrating, if you feel undervalued or constantly criticized, if you dread the very thought of working and suffer feelings of anxiety on the Sunday before the working week, if your job performance is slipping, if you hate the company you work for despite fearing the loss of your job, if you take it out on your family, if you’re becoming increasingly paranoid or if you feel at times that life is no longer worth living then it is perfectly reasonable for you to seek help.
Untreated, there is a real danger that the psychological effects of stress can form part of your identity and this is where we at NLSMC begin to counter-attack the negative feelings that have taken hold of your subconscious mind, drawing out through psychotherapy and (where appropriate) hypnosis the thoughts, emotions and experiences that have led to such a debilitating condition.
Recognizing the need to deal with stress is the first important step towards successfully dealing with the problem. Stress is an illness that is easy to diagnose and, when utilizing some of the techniques taught during the therapeutic session, just as easy to overcome.