Managing Workplace Stress Through Stress Counseling

Stress of any kind can easy leak into other areas of life, and can have a marked impact on one’s overall mental health. Workplace stress in particular has seen a significant rise over the past decade. Pronounced stress at work can cause mental health strains (including anxiety, depression, and irritability) which can in turn impact marital, family, and social relationships.  Stress also has physical manifestations, including raised blood pressure, sleeping problems, stiffness, muscle tension, and headaches. Already a problem on its own, workplace stress has only been exacerbated by downturns in economies across the globe.

A new survey of 1,440 employees in Britain shows that over half of these workers (54 percent) would like to receive stress counseling services at work. Some say the counseling would help deal with stress specifically related to the economy. The struggling economy adds workplaces stresses for two reasons: firstly, employed workers experience more anxiety and fear over the potential of losing their income. Secondly, those who remain employed are more willing to work harder for less pay in order to retain employment; that increased workload adds physical and emotional strain. Other British workers surveyed said stress counseling would help them address personal emotional stresses that impacting their ability to focus at work.

The good news is that people are more open to the idea of workplace stress counseling than they were even a few years ago. In 2004, a similar survey found that 44 percent of respondents thought workplace stress was an acceptable reason to seek guidance. Now, just six years later, that percentage has jumped to 84 percent. In addition to helping the mental health of individual workers, providing workplace-based stress therapy can benefit the employer as well. Stress is known to decrease creativity, productivity, and attendance in the workplace, which in turn hurt profit and threaten more budget-cutting decisions. Helping employees deal with individual stresses can have a collective benefit for the whole company.

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  • Martha I

    August 11th, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    I have been working for many years now and had not had too many fights in my marriage, that is until the last couple of years. With the onset of the recession and the fear of being laid off and therefore longer work hours that both me and my husband put in have made us both very prone to get irritated quickly and this has resulted in us fighting a lot more now. I need help regarding this but am not sure about seeing a counselor because I’m not sure my husband would see this pattern of recession-long hours-fights.

  • Gary

    August 11th, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Its not as easy as it sounds-to leave behind all your work-related pressure and problems back at the work-place and come home with a free mind.Although some people can do it better than others,none can insulate himself completely from it.

    And that very thing is the difference.How well you manage to do that is what matters the most.As someone else here has pointed out in a comment,long work-hours with mentally-taxing work can really be a dampner and can make you feel more irritated and frustrated with the smallest of things.It is therefore our responsibility to try and practice a few recommended techniques to actually get away from this wearing down that work does to us.

  • Car

    August 11th, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    The good news is that people are more open to the idea of workplace stress counseling than they were even a few years ago

  • Rebecca

    August 15th, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    I find that EAPs are also filling in this need.

  • Patricia W

    March 19th, 2018 at 11:29 PM

    It’s very reassuring to know that more people are becoming open to workplace counseling to manage stress. I mean, what’s the stigma? Personally, I see counseling is nothing more than talking to a friend. When I’m stressed out, I talked to friends to get insight and comfort. There’s no shame in that. The only difference is that counseling involves dealing with medical practitioners. I hope there would be a day when all misconceptions about workplace counseling would be effaced. Thanks for the very inspiring read!

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