Dr. Mandeep Singh, Psychiatrist and Director of Wellness Initiatives talks about managing Workplace Stress in an ever-changing economy.
Over the last few months, at SPHC, we have observed an increase in overall stress levels of our patients. Some of the companies that our patients work with are going through tremendous organizational changes and we see on a daily basis that these changes can take a toll on your mental health and productivity.
While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity, performance as well as impact your physical and emotional health. This in turn often affects one’s personal life and family.
You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless. There are steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of stress, improve your job satisfaction, and bolster your well-being in and out of the workplace. In today’s digitized economy, most new jobs will demand cerebral not manual skills. Hence, there is an even higher need to focus on your cognitive functions and mental performance. While most employers have great EAP programs, you have to be your own biggest ambassador and take accountability for your own well being. If stress on the job is interfering with your work performance, health, or personal life, it’s time to take action.
No matter what you do for a living, or how stressful your job is, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your overall stress levels and regain a sense of well being at work and we are here to help you.
Some signs and symptoms of excessive stress at work include:
• Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
• Apathy, loss of interest in work
• Problems sleeping
• Trouble concentrating
• Muscle tension or headaches
• Stomach problems
• Social withdrawal
• Loss of sex drive
• Using drugs or alcohol to cope
If you or any of your colleagues are experiencing any of the signs above, I encourage you to reach out. Moreover, these signs may also need the attention of professionals to identify other possible mental health concerns which we can appropriately help manage.
As I take on a leadership role with the clinic, my goal is for us to have an even bigger focus on mental health. I will be expanding my practice here at the clinic and I hope that along with the rest of our team of practitioners we can help you reach your mental as well as physical health goals. I have been exposed to a wide spectrum of clinical experiences and training that allow me to approach each client in a way that helps support and empower them to reach their potential – personally and professionally.
As a multidisciplinary clinic, we offer a lot of services under the same roof. While we work in a collaborative manner to ensure that we get you to your wellness goals, when you see any of our mental health professionals, the details of your visit are private and cannot be seen by other practitioners unless you request for them to be shared. My colleagues have shared some excellent tips on what you can do to manage your stress, I hope you enjoy reading them and as always, we welcome your feedback on what we can do better.
Dr. Mandeep Singh
Director Wellness Initiatives