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Rising Stress in the Workplace

Added on August 14, 2011

A recent report in the Sydney Morning Herald describing stress in the workplace explains how workers in the Western world are better paid, have more rights as employees and are less likely to be injured or killed doing our jobs than in any time in history. Additionally, we also live in a time where we can enjoy more leisure hours than ever.

Yet, according to the research, we have never been more stressed at work. The latest survey by the suicide-prevention group RUOK?, found that 40 per cent of Australian workers reported feeling medium to high levels of stress from their jobs on a daily basis. They also felt emotionally unsafe and more subject to verbal abuse and bullying. In a high powered job the source of stress is obvious, but in lower level position just as much stress can come from a feeling of lack of control and autonomy over one’s work and conditions.

Working mothers in particular face extremely high levels of stress.  Australia has one of the highest proportions of part-time workers in the developed world and the vast majority are women, married or single, with children. This may lead to unrealistic personal expectations and even guilt at the inability to perform either home or work role as well as she would like to.

For many, meditation provides part of the solution to stressful living.  Meditation is an ancient practice that can be dated back to the east at least six thousands years ago and is now being extensively studied in the west to scientifically confirm and document the long-claimed health benefits. We now have evidence supporting claims that people who meditate quickly achieve health benefits such as slower heart rates, lower blood pressure, reduced oxygen consumption, lower lactic acid levels and boosted functionality of their immune system. Meditation has been used to help with everything from headaches and respiratory problems to cancer and coping with death. It is seen as a crucial tool in treating many mental illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia and has even been used to increase compassion and empathy within the Prison system (U.S. studies).

If you think meditation may be of benefit to you, register now for our Mindfulness Meditation Program in Double Bay, Sydney starting Wednesday 17 August at 7pm.


About Judith Lissing

Judith Lissing is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Wellness Coach, with 15 years experience in teaching stress management and meditation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Immunology and a Masters degree in Public Health, both from the University of NSW. She is also an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW since 1999. Judith is trained in Wellness Coaching with Wellcoaches U.S. and holds a Diploma in Hypnotherapy. Prior to coaching professionally, Judith held a statewide management role with NSW Health working with all levels of staff across the health sector.

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