Stress? Pah, we all get stressed. While that might be true, for some of us, it can have devastating effects that go on to impact our physical health, as well as our loved ones.
For most 9-5 workers, we spend a lot of our time counting down the hours until the weekend. Even so, many of us are all-too-accustomed to that sinking feeling around 6pm on a Sunday night.
I don’t have any great authority in mental health. I’m not a nurse. I’m not a professional. But I did have a pretty terrible time with my anxiety last year – so this week, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned since taking stress leave 12 months ago.
It’s safe to say that most of us have experienced waking up in the morning and feeling entirely unlike ourselves. Whether it’s exhaustion, anxiety, or a debilitating lack of enthusiasm for the day ahead, getting ready for work can feel stressful and takes a mammoth effort.
After a day of dashing around the office, frantically responding to emails and wondering where the hell the time is going, I find it difficult to switch off and return to my usual ‘zen’ mode (ha…ha…).
So today is International Women’s Day – which, much to my shame, I didn’t realise until it was trending on Twitter (a sign of the times). It’s not something I’ve ever really paid attention to, in fact.
Offices can be high-pressure environments – and it’s all too easy to think that everything is our fault thanks to pesky intrusive thoughts making our days that bit more anxiety-inducing.