Work and Career Issues

Often I can help with reducing work related stress, burnout, and making complex work related decisions. You may become able to find career satisfaction, productivity, success, and understand how your job can damage the lives of family and friends outside of work.

I work with people suffering from job related adjustment disorders. I don't administer aptitude tests or provide career placement.

Everyone encounters stress during their lives at one point—never-ending bills, demanding schedules, work, and family responsibilities—and that can make stress seem inescapable and uncontrollable. Stress management skills are designed to help a person take control of their lifestyle, thoughts, and emotions and teach them healthy ways to cope with their problems.

Strategies for Stress Management

The first step in stress management is identifying your stressors. While this sounds fairly easy—it’s not hard to point to major changes or a lot of work piling up—chronic stress can be complicated, and most people don’t realize how their habits contribute to their stress. Maybe work piling up isn’t from the actual demands of your job, but more so from your procrastination. You have to claim responsibility for the role you play in creating your stress or you won’t be able to control it.

Once you’ve found what causes your stress, focus on what you can control. Eliminate the realistic stressors and develop consistent de-stressing habits. Instead of watching TV or responding to texts in bed after work - take a walk, or read a book. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough quality sleep, will ease feelings of stress and help you relax.

Also, make a conscious effort to set aside time for yourself and for relaxation. Alone time can be whatever you need it to be. Some people like doing activities such as tai chi, yoga, or meditation, but you can also treat yourself to something simple, like taking a bubble bath, listening to music, or watching a funny movie.

Finally, don’t feel like you have to solve your stress on your own. Reach out to your family and friends. Whether you need help with a problem or just need someone to listen, find a person who will be there to positively reinforce and support you. If stress becomes chronic, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a therapist.

When Stress turns to Distress

We all feel stressed from time to time and stress affects everyone to some degree and some people more resilient and better at handling their stress than others. Some people may cope with stress more effectively or recover from stressful events more quickly than others.

There are different types of stress, all of which carry physical and mental health risks. A stressor may be a one time or short term occurrence, or it can be an occurrence that keeps happening over a long period of time.

Stress can affect health. Stress can cause high blood pressure, and even heart attacks. It is important to know how to deal with stressful events so that you know when to seek help.

Examples of stress include:

Routine stress related to the pressures of work, school, family and other daily responsibilities.

Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce or illness.

Traumatic stress experienced in an event like a major accident, war, assault, or a tornado.

Different people may feel stress in different ways. For example, some people experience mainly digestive symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome, while others may have headaches, insomnia, depression, anger or irritability..

Routine stress may be the hardest type of stress to notice at first. Because the source of the stress tends to be more constant than in cases of traumatic stress, the body gets no clear signal to return to normal functioning. Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety.

The effects of stress tend to build up over time. Taking practical steps to manage stress can reduce or prevent these effects. The following are some tips that may help to cope with stress:

Recognize the signs of your body's response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, increased alcohol and other substance use, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.

Learn some stress management techniques. Get regular exercise. Just simply walking 20-30 minutes per day can help boost your mood and reduce stress. Take a walk on a beach or in a park. It is reasonable that these practices have anti anxiety value. Stay connected with friends and family for emotional support. To reduce stress get help from religious organizations.

Try other relaxing activities. Schedule regular times for relaxing activities. Explore stress coping programs. Pray more. Learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload. Stress management techniques can help people with anxiety disorders calm themselves and even enhance the effects of therapy.

If you’re overwhelmed by stress talk with your family doctor or make an appointment to see a mental health professional like a counselor or psychiatrist.

WARNING - Caffeine, street drugs, and even some over the counter medications can worsen anxiety.

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