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Therapy for Work-Related Issues in Atlanta

Finding the Right Work/Life Balance

Work-related stress, anxiety, and depression are very common in the modern workforce. The importance of work/life balance has declined in the U.S. culture in the past few years. Even when workers only spend the expected 40 hours at their place of employment, studies have shown that people with smartphones or tablets end up spending an average of 20 extra hours at work. Worse still, many workplace cultures actually encourage this behavior by rewarding those who devote all their energy to the job. This, in turn, puts more pressure on others to try and match these impossible standards out of fear of losing their job or missing out on opportunities for advancement.

A 2015 study found that workplace stress contributes to 120,000 deaths each year. High blood pressure, exhaustion, lack of physical activity, and depression are all contributors to this. If you feel like work is driving you crazy, it is likely that you are dealing with a very real problem. Thankfully, therapy can help with this.

Is the Problem Me or My Job?

What is at the root of workplace stress, an employee’s perspective or the job itself? In many cases, it’s both. A high pressure, work-intensive culture can influence an employee’s perspective so that they start to themselves as lazy or not committed enough. Many people dealing with work stress can benefit from therapy by taking a more objective look at the situation. Look at your job with fresh eyes and ask yourself, “Are the company’s expectations realistic? Is the work I do really not enough? Is there any good reason for me to be working so long after hours?” Just talking about these issues with someone who wants to learn more about your situation can be helpful.

People seek therapy for workplace stress for many reasons, including:

  • Harassment from coworkers
  • Feeling unfulfilled or dissatisfied with your role
  • Working long hours without acknowledgment or additional pay (sometimes even with these things)
  • Feeling burnt out but too anxious to dial back your hours because you have been praised for your work ethic
  • Regular feelings of anxiety that you will be fired or laid off
  • Feeling at odds with the company culture
  • Feeling unrecognized by superiors
  • Concern that you need to advance in the company in order to support yourself or your family
  • Drinking or using drugs more frequently to cope with work stress

You can’t control everything about your workplace environment, but you can control how you respond to and cope with it. During the course of therapy, you may discover that your workplace is a toxic environment for you and you need to leave. In many cases, however, patients learn how to deal with the stresses of work and strike a healthy work/life balance so that they no longer feel the same feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety about their job. Working is something almost everyone has to do, so finding healthier ways to deal with it is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

If you are worried about how work is affecting your mental health, call (404) 800-4977 to schedule an initial consultation at Tina A. Watson & Associates, LLC in Atlanta.

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