I see stress at work almost daily in my practice of mostly professional women who often come to my practice because they feel their lives are out of control and they can’t deal with work stress anymore. The impact of stress on your body, mind, and feelings, if left unchecked, can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Despite its normalcy, we all have a line that we shouldn’t cross when it comes to stress.
Stress is hard to avoid and even harder to conquer. That’s in part because as a country we prize hard work and working long hours over just about anything. We give lip service to taking care of ourselves, but with the average vacation time being 10 days, we haven’t learned how to prioritize our well-being. And we often work for organizations that don’t either.
We are a striving country and all that striving and increasing workloads and demands require us to spend more and more time at work. Women especially, are often pulled between the needs of their children, significant others, jobs, and in many cases their aging parents. The result is worker burnout, which can lead to depression and anxiety.
Melissa Watson-Clark has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2010. Working primarily with clients suffering with anxiety and depression she focuses on the power of nature to bring healing and restoration to her clients.