Almost everyone experiences stress from time to time, and while a small amount of stress can motivate us, too much or prolonged stress can be damaging to both our physical and mental health. There are many things in life that can cause stress, including work, relationships, family issues, and financial problems. For some people, stress can cause them to adopt unhealthy coping methods such as smoking or drinking, and while this may feel like a ‘quick fix’, these habits are harming your health, and ultimately, the stress isn’t being acknowledged.

Stress typically begins as pressure, from ourselves or others, and if we are unable to cope with this pressure, we feel stressed. The effects of stress will differ from person to person, but if left untreated it can lead to illness. Over time, a build-up of stress can affect our mental health, leading to anxiety and depression and other mental health problems.

Causes of stress

All sorts of situations can cause stress, and the causes will depend upon the individual. What causes stress for one person, may not be stressful for another. Having said this, most stressful situations are associated with change or a lack of control. Even if the change is a positive one, it can still feel stressful. Some common stressful events include:-

  • getting married
  • moving house
  • having a baby
  • serious illness
  • bereavement
  • divorce

In some cases, the absence of change or activities in life can be another source of stress. As well as events like these, stress can also be caused by long-term circumstances, such as-

  • being unemployed
  • having financial issues
  • relationship difficulties
  • problems at work
  • caring for a disabled family member/friend

Stressful events outside the norm of human experience, such as being abused, may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The issue with stress is that it exists as a problem that feeds on itself, and over time lowers your ability to cope. Because of this, the sooner you seek help for stress, the better. As stress if often viewed simply a ‘part of life’, it can be difficult to know when outside support is needed.

Talking with a professional about the difficulties you’re experiencing can help you understand any underlying issues that may be causing your stress. Working with your therapist, can help you identify your personal stress triggers and discuss ways of coping with them.

If you’re ready to take the next step, please use the contact details above, and one of our therapists will get back to you to arrange a mutually convenient date and time to chat through the options with you.

For Employers…

Management Standards – Demands

How often to you hear people say that they’ve been stressed at work? Probably most days. But for thousands of employees this means more than just a throw-away comment.

Employers can play an important role in managing workplace stress and ensuring that employees are coping with the day-to-day demands and pressures of their job. Of course, it’s in the company’s best interests too. Prioritising employee’s mental health can help retain committed employees, show you care, and save the business a significant amount of money.

Remember, the root cause of stress is personal to each employee. However, there are some affordable and easy things you can do to reduce workplace stress.

If mental health conditions are affecting your workforce, please get in touch and find out more information on how workplace counselling can protect your business.

Workplace Mental Health – A Guide for Employers

….Discover what Take A Step can do for you and your employees… Counselling solutions for your employees’ mental health and wellbeing….

Do you have an employee/employees off with stress, depression, anxiety, or have a drug, alcohol or gambling addiction?

Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. Do you need advice and guidance on drug and alcohol policies?

Take A Step will provide:-

  • FREE drug and alcohol testing on the premises, as and when required.
  • A dedicated Counsellor for your business, with NO waiting list!!
  • Priority appointments – telephone support and advice.
  • Face-to face counselling – either in our private practice; a confidential area within your business; or at the employee’s home or
  • Telephone and Skype Counselling – structured sessions at an agreed time with the Employer and Employee.

What are the benefits to you – the Employer:

  • Able to save you a fortune through employees taking too much time off work due to problems affecting them and feeling unable to cope.
  • Avoid grievances/claims for failure to make reasonable provision for employees suffering from stress.
  • Avoid waiting lists….time is money to you – the Employer!
  • Reduced sickness
  • Reduced staff turnover

What is the cost to you, an Employer, for this service:

A small annual retainer fee (Please get in touch for a no obligation quotation based on total number of employees).

For a more detailed insight into this service and other therapies offered, please contact us here.

Please note that Take A Step Counselling Service is not an emergency service.

Emergency Contacts:

If you are feeling distressed or suicidal, there are services available to help you immediately. If you feel at risk of harm to yourself, or if you are concerned about someone else, please go to your nearest hospital or call the emergency services on 999.

Other contacts:

General Practitioner: Request an emergency appointment. If you are not registered with a doctor in your area, you can attend your nearest NHS Walk-in Centre or contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Samaritans: Help for suicidal thoughts –

If you’re feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone.

Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

Phone a helpline.

These FREE helplines are there to help when you’re feeling down or desperate. Call 116 123.

Take A Step is a member of HiCLG