The Pros And Cons Of Workplace Stress

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Most people will experience some sort of stress in their lifetime while working on the job. In fact, the American Psychological Association (2013) states that, 65% of Americans surveyed claim their work as being a major contributor to why they feel stressed. With stress being common in the workforce, what can an employee do to overcome stress? Workplace counseling, psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavior therapy, and self-help methods and techniques can all assist an individual to cope and manage stress from the work place. Workplace counseling is designed to help an individual cope and manage stress from their job. Generally, this form of counseling is rather brief. Depending on the severity of the individual’s case, this treatment can …show more content…
Workplace counseling helps an individual to recognize that there are solutions to the problems they are facing. These solutions include identifying stressful events and developing a plan on how to cope with them. Most people tend to blame their stress on external causes such as, how their boss treats them or how they are being viewed by fellow coworkers. Workplace counseling helps a person to accept situations that are beyond their control. Furthermore, establishing this kind of insight gives the client a sense of peace. Once this is accomplished, the counselor can then shift towards acknowledging the things the client does have control over. This is done to empower the client so they no longer feel helpless. Often times this can be rather difficult because some clients can be in denial and it is the counselor’s job to assist the client in breaking through this denial. After this is accomplished, the counselor can then help the client to identify behavioral patterns that may be causing the stress by getting to the root causes. For more serious cases an employer may refer their employee to seek help from a form of psychotherapy such as cognitive behavior therapy …show more content…
For example, the client must be completely honest with a therapist and be willing to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences get the most out of therapy (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Without any kind of willingness to change, it is highly unlikely CBT will work for an individual. Another necessary requirement for a person receiving CBT, is they have to be open-minded to doing things differently. So as we can see, the responsibility does not completely lye on the counselor administering the therapy, but also it is up to the client to do what is necessary for this kind of treatment to be successful. For less serious cases of stress an individual may want to explore self-help methods and techniques. Self-help can be an alternative to talk therapy. For example, daily meditation can be a great way for a person to eliminate stress. There are a wide variety of techniques that are used in meditation. The primary goal of meditation is for an individual to focus their attention an on a more calming awareness. Meditation has be practiced in Eastern countries for thousands of years, and has been known to benefit a person’s health. Countries in the West are also catching on how meditation can improve an individual’s health and is starting to become popular. Meditation is usually done in a quiet place and often takes 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the technique. Other nontraditional

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