Got that Monday morning feeling ..... Every day???
Ever had that feeling that work is like being on a never-ending hamster’s wheel and that weekends are way too short to properly get off?If so, you’re not alone! Lots of things can contribute to high levels of stress and, unfortunately, work is one of them!
The teaching profession ‘boasts’ one of the highest levels of stress – if you needed proof of that, see this article by the BBC, which is a sobering tale of high workload, pressure and physical and mental illness.
So, how stressed are you?
How well do you handle stress in your life?
- I have people I confide in when I’m feeling under pressure who make me feel better.
- I feel comfortable expressing how I feel when something is bothering me.
- In general, I feel in control of my life and confident in my ability to handle what comes my way.
- I find reasons to laugh and feel grateful, even when going through difficulties.
- No matter how busy I am, I make it a priority to sleep, exercise, and eat right.
- I’m able to calm myself down when I start to feel overwhelmed.
Each “yes” answer represents an important stress coping skill. Each “no” represents an area to work on to become more resilient.
It’s important to be able to express how you feel, to have support, and to stay positive – that much is clear. But workplaces have a responsibility as well for keeping staff happy and healthy.
It’s good to be positive but, workplace stress is not just a personal thing, it’s political too.And it makes sense for business – the NHS’s Chief Medical Officer claimed recently that mental health issues, including workplace stress led to the loss of 70 million working days a year, costing the economy between £70-100 billion annually.In fact, employers have a statutory responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of their employees.
How does YOUR employer measure up?
Here at Bluebell Therapy we offer counselling, hypnotherapy and also regular Relaxation Courses to help people to learn self-management skills. We also offer training packages to businesses and schools to support people being able to deal effectively with the rigors and potential stresses of a busy lifestyle.
- Practical and emotional strategies to deal with stress
- Self-awareness exercises so that participants can focus on their own personal experiences and development.
- A relaxation session, using meditation-type techniques
- Guidance on achieving self-management techniques at home.
Have a good week!