What is Work Stress?
Four words that go together, "New York Work Stress." Anyone living in New York City understands difficult commutes, expensive housing costs, and long work hours. There is even evidence that contact with crowds in areas of dense population can be stressful. Simply put, New Yorkers know stress.
When work supervisors, peers, and subordinates are productive, respectful, and friendly and work loads are reasonable, and the work content is meaningful- work can be fulfilling and bring down our stress. But, for most of us, they wouldn't have to pay us to go if that was our work place.
Work stress can be incredibly detrimental to our physical and mental health. Chronic stress responses can put you at risk for heart attacks, hypertension, anxiety, anger, and depression. If you experience the Sunday Night Blues, you likely are stressed by your Monday morning job. But it is not as though you can quit- and that brings on another stressor that is common to many of our work situations, a lack of choice or control. None of this sounds like all of the preaching of teachers and afterschool specials that told you, "We can be or do whaterver we want," or "Do what makes you happy." Many of us don't seem to have been fortunate enough to have those options. So what do you do? You can't quit, you can't change your work situation, and you can't take the stress any longer.
We have all heard the term stress management and you may have attended stress management workshops in school or even at work. But most participants of stress management programs, either didn't learn effective techniques or didn't learn skills that they could reasonably use in their busy schedules. It doesn't have to be that way.
You will always come into contact with stressors, especially if you are working. Believe it or not, stressors can be good for you. Short bursts of stress in response to a stressor can sharpen your mind, improve your immune response, and even make you feel good. But it is importnat that you have the skills to ensure you don't let a stress response become prolonged or chronic.
New York Behavioral Health clinicians can help. CBT Therapists can intervene in ways that will prevent the initial stress response from being as intense and can work with you to give you concrete tools to quickly reduce intesnse stress and shorten the duration of how long it lasts. By truly learning to manage your stress, you can reduce the physical and emotional toll it takes. If you let high stress levels go unchecked, not only does it affect your physiology and your emotions, it often impairs our relationships, and can lead to poor work performance. And relationship problems and poor work performance often lead to greater stress responses. Could you benefit from a little help?
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help with Work Stress
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) provides clients with tools for managing stress. Some skills are focused on altering stressors, while others will help you not to be as stressed by them in the first place. These are not just positive mantras that you won't believe, but scientifically supported tools that will help you learn how to change how your sympathetic nervous system responds to stressors at work.
New York Behavioral Health therapists will also help you address other areas that may be exacerbated by your stress. We will help you reduce any anxiety, guilt, procrastination, or relationship problems that may be stemming from your high levels of stress.
Stressful work environments in New York City are hard enough. Why not get a little help?
Our professional, understanding, and efficient therapists offer CBT in a comfortable setting at New York Behavioral Health, which is conveniently located at 380 Lexington Avenue on the corner of 42nd Street. We know it is not easy to get started. What would it be like to not feel so overwhelmed by stress any longer?
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Work Issues Description
People fortunate enough to be employed, endure many challenges. Work is one of the most stressful aspects of our lives, but at times also enhances sense of worth, efficacy, productivity, and financial security.
Awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, proper assessment of management strategies and systems, effective leadership, communication, organizational skills, and problem solving are all necessary to optimize performance and satisfaction in the workplace.
Concepts from emotional intelligence (EQ), industrial organizational psychology, social psychology, systems psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and general cognitive and behavioral theory can all be helpful to those struggling at work.
Anger, anxiety, burnout, stress, insomnia are just a few of the symptoms that may warrant consulting with a professional.