Overcoming Your Workplace Stress: A CBT-Based Self-Help Guide

Overcoming Your Workplace Stress: A CBT-Based Self-Help Guide

Overcoming Your Workplace Stress: A CBT-Based Self-Help Guide

Overcoming Your Workplace Stress: A CBT-Based Self-Help Guide


Occupational stress affects millions of people every year and is not only costly to the individual - in terms of their mental and physical health - but also results in major costs for organisations due to workplace absence and loss of productivity. This Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based self-help guide will equip the user with the necessary tools and techniques to manage work related stress more effectively.

Divided into three parts, this book will help you to:

  • understand occupational stress
  • learn about a range of methods to reduce stress levels
  • develop your own self-help plan.

Overcoming Your Workplace Stressis written in a straightforward, easy-to-follow style, allowing the reader to develop the necessary skills to become their own therapist.


Over recent years we have all become exposed to the chill winds of a global economy. As the global banking crisis and the recent credit crunch have shown us, economies around the world are interdependent upon one another more than ever before. When one collapses, others tend to follow. Yet at the same time they are in competition with one another for their market share and are being faced with the constant drive to reduce inefficiencies and become more competitive in the marketplace. As well as the economic pressures, work organizations all around the world are being subjected to other pressures resulting from a sharp escalation of change, rapid technological advancement and the need to meet ever increasing customer expectations of cheap and high quality products. in order to survive in such a harsh and competitive economic environment, there has inevitably been an unrelenting pressure on employees to produce ‘more for less’. One of the main consequences of this unrelenting pressure for individual employees is ‘occupational stress’.

It is well documented that occupational stress has become a problem of pandemic proportions, costing world economies many billions of pounds each year through lost production due to sickness absence, retirement through ill health, litigation and poor work performance, and it is on the increase. It is estimated that staff account for between 50 and 80 per cent of organizational costs and if it is not addressed, occupational stress can have a devastating negative impact on profits. There are of course those cynics who argue that the solution to this problem is simple and that if you do not like your job or you are finding it too stressful, you should simply find alternative employment. After all, no job is worth suffering ill health for. However, for many employees, it is not that straightforward and there may be numerous reasons why they cannot just leave. For example, they may have invested many years’ training to do the job, or may not be trained to do any other kind of work. They may be a victim of what is . . .

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