Stress is a difficult journey to negotiate to find a way through. The craziness of it seems to subsume you at every turn. Where you can turn for help is unclear and equally as muddling is the mixed messages from employers.
Employers offer a range of wellness options - like gyms, flexible working from home, a more personalised approach, mental health support, and what is claimed to be a more supportive team ethos.
However, how many of these employees are unable to find the time to engage in the wellness support schemes being offered and any wonder when you take in to account the intensity and quantity of the work schedule. Unrealistic and demanding deadlines/targets that eat in to leisure time.
Family and parenting demands on top of punishing work schedules causing high levels of distress to working parents. This can add to the stress levels throughout the day as guilt and competing demands pull at the heart strings.
How can we slow it all down and make time for the notion of wellness to be embraced. Employers are so driven by high demand and immediate response that human being have become machines. On the one hand spending millions trying to show the caring Employer but not taking heed of the upwards of 60% of staff not able to use such facilities due to time pressure and resulting stress.
Concluding that those who need it the most cannot access it. Where to go from here, or do we just until the stress implosion and let Cognitive Behaviour Therapy help mop up the mess? Somehow, it feels like dealing with it at the wrong end when the impact on one's life can be so great and effect all areas of functioning.