Work Related Issues


On average we spend about 25% of our adult life at work. It can give us a sense of purpose, ask structure and satisfaction – and enables us to afford our daily living. Sometimes however, work can cause stress and frustration and our health and self-esteem suffers.

Work-related stress accounts for six million days of sick leave each year and can be a cause of depression. Work-related problems can also undermine our relationships.


  • Dread of going to work
  • Depression and /or anxiety
  • Poor work/life balance
  • Headaches or muscular tension
  • Feeling overwhelmed and unable to plan
  • Inability to sleep /loss of concentration
  • Bullying or being bullied

Often at work we re-enact early behavioural patterns and beliefs. This can put us under extreme pressure in the workplace. If we need to please others or to be perfect we may be susceptible to stress, and unable to prevent anxiety when faced with deadlines and targets.

When is the Best Time to seek help?

If you are losing sleep, constantly dreading work, starting to have difficulty coping it may be useful to seek help. These patterns can be useful to explore in the less intimate surroundings of work and can allow us to move forward more freely. These patterns and roles can then allow us to look less self-critically at our more personal relationships.

Help and Treatment

Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their workforce and usually take steps to deal with work stress. Learning assertiveness skills, how to prioritise and delegate, and how to manage time are all useful for managing work-related stress. Some employers also offer in-house counselling services.

Counselling can help unravel patterns of relating to people, and show us how to examine our own issues, helping towards a more fulfilling career.



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