M.Sc. B.A. Relate Cert C.C.
Registered Counsellor BACP & UKRC
07551 529 386
Weston Grove, Upton
Chester CH2 1QH
Stress is a force which can work to our benefit or detriment depending on the quantity and duration of stress and also our coping or resilience.
Without a certain amount of stress we would not perform well.
Stress gives us energy and motivates us.
This can be really helpful in short bursts but if stress is prolonged and of high quantity it can affect us negatively and leave us feeling "stressed".
Modern life has become more speeded up in recent decades and people feel pressure to rush to keep up.
Being a high achieving person keeps stress high.
The current recession adds to the pressure to keep working and people may feel they have no option but to stay in high stress situations to keep paying bills etc.
Feeling under or over challenged in or by work will each bring stress.
People feel more stressed when they:
Holmes and Rahe (1967) devised a stress inventory which shows how stress accumulates and can leave you vulnerable to stress related problems if you are trying to manage a lot of stress over a short time period. Over 300 life units means a person has an 80% chance of developing a stress related illness.
|Life event||Life change units|
|Death of a spouse||100|
|Death of a close family member||63|
|Personal injury or illness||53|
|Dismissal from work||47|
|Change in health of family member||44|
|Gain a new family member||39|
|Change in financial state||38|
|Death of a close friend||37|
|Change to different line of work||36|
|Change in frequency of arguments||35|
|Foreclosure of mortgage or loan||30|
|Change in responsibilities at work||29|
|Child leaving home||29|
|Trouble with in-laws||29|
|Outstanding personal achievement||28|
|Spouse starts or stops work||26|
|Begin or end school||26|
|Change in living conditions||25|
|Revision of personal habits||24|
|Trouble with boss||23|
|Change in working hours or conditions||20|
|Change in residence||20|
|Change in schools||20|
|Change in recreation||19|
|Change in church activities||19|
|Change in social activities||18|
|Minor mortgage or loan||17|
|Change in sleeping habits||16|
|Change in number of family reunions||15|
|Change in eating habits||15|
|Minor violation of law||11|
Consequences to stress can be:
These can result in increased sick time from work, difficult communication in work or even home life and can result in poor job satisfaction or poor performance at work.
Counselling can help you understand the sources of stress and work to change and reduce your stress.
Counselling might involve working on relaxation, goal setting/planning/ time management and learning to delegate, stop procrastinating, become more assertive or other interpersonal or communication work.
Claire McCluskey has experience working with stress related issues and has worked with employee assistance programmes to help people manage work stress.
As work stress colours home life too sometimes this stress will bring a couple to counselling as it may begin to affect the relationship.
Contacting a counsellor can be a step towards change but it may feel daunting, particularly if you don't know what to expect. Click here for more information about the counselling process.
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