Credit Crunch Stress

Stress and Your Job

Although a certain amount of stress is important in our daily lives, it helps us get up in the morning and partake in activities and helps us feel alive, too much can cause ‘dis-stress’. Stress can also have a knock on effect on our physical health such as heightening the possibility of high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. It can also affect our relationships, making us feel anxious, fearful, distrustful or angry.

A recent article stated that, “one in four workers have had their Sundays ruined by anxiety about the working week since the recession started”. The article goes on to say that, “one in ten has seen their GP about their mental health since the crunch…One in fourteen workers has started to take anti-depressants for stress as a ‘direct result’ of the crisis” (The Metro). According to mental health charity, ‘Mind’, last year saw the biggest rise in the number of such prescriptions”. 39.1 million were issued in 2009 compared to 2010 where just 35.9 million were prescribed.

A job is often more that just something a person does to make some money. It can be a part of a person’s identity and the threat of the loss of our job can effect us deeply. One of the first questions we ask a new acquaintance is ‘What do you do for a living’, and how we feel about our job, and consequently, ourselves, dictates our answer. Often we answer the question with ‘I am a…(vet, social worker, bus driver, teacher etc), not ‘I drive a bus’ or ‘I teach children’. We identify ourselves to others through our work. Therefore, work is an integral part of who we are and when that part is threatened, such as in the present credit climate, we have to reassess who we are and maybe think about ourselves in a different way.

Cavendish Psychotherapy and counselling allows you the space to explore these changes and the fears and anxieties that they provoke so that you are better able to take control and look to the future with a better understanding of yourself.