Before we get into what you can do if you are feeling stressed, depressed or are suffering anxiety as a result of your job lets take a look at a few numbers. The biggest thing to remember is you are not alone! In the UK in 2017, 526,000 people suffered with work-related stress, depression or anxiety, resulting in 12.5 million working days lost (Health and Safety Executive). These are just the numbers that we know about. What about all of those people who suffered in silence? In 2017, 56 of these 12.5 million ‘lost’ days were mine. Stress, depression or anxiety also accounted for 40% of all work-related ill health and 49% of all working days lost due to ill health. If you work in the public sector and you suffer stress, depression or anxiety as a result of your job then you are in good company. Human health and social work activities and public administration and defence have the highest numbers of staff who suffer. So hands up if you work in the NHS or the Civil Service? The main things that caused stress, depression and anxiety were: workload, lack of support, violence, threats or bullying and changes at work. Am I describing you? If this is you then I want you to take a few seconds and say out-loud ‘everything is going to be ok. I may feel like this at the moment, but this too will pass’. It’s hard enough to get through the day when you’re feeling like this so I’m not going to give you a big list of things you have to do or major changes to make to your life. The advice I am going to give is based on my own experience and what helped me.
- Do you need a break?