Registered psychologist Gregory Bell assists patient’s suffering anxiety in the workplace.
Registered psychologist Gregory Bell assists patient’s suffering anxiety in the workplace. Max Fleet

Is work stressing you out?

WORK and concerns about the future are the main reasons we feel stress, according to Lifeline's 2012 Stress Poll.

Bundaberg UnitingCare Community regional director Richard Johnson said often the two went hand in hand and it was no surprise in this economic climate that jobs security was on a lot of people's minds.

"Our future relates to job security," he said.

"People worry about having enough income to meet the costs of living.

"Mortgage and house stress is something that we see a lot of."

Mr Johnson said relationships in the workplace could also cause a number of issues.

"We spend a lot of time at work," he said.

"How we get along with the boss, colleagues and the general public can cause stress."

Burnett Medical Centre residential psychologist Gregory Bell agreed work-related stress and concerns about the future were directly related, especially in this environment.

"In this economic climate, we see people worrying about their job security," he said.

"In this day and age, with the new government slashing jobs, people are worried about job security and the bills they have to pay."

Mr Bell said stress was often the result of people feeling as though they had lost control of a situation.

"In a sense, stress is a question of 'am I in control'?" he said.

"When people feel a lack of control over their life, their anxiety increases."

Bundaberg Business Women's Network communications officer Angela Nightingale said when it came to workplace stress, the cost of changing technology was often a concern among members of the group.

"I think sometimes our members are overwhelmed with how fast things are changing and the cost associated with trying to keep up," she said. "It can cause unnecessary stress."

 

Stressful

50 % of females are stressed a lot

36% of males are stressed a lot

57% of 35-39 year-olds are stressed a lot

Households earning less than $50,000 recorded lower stress than those earning $90,000 when it comes to work, relationships and finances



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