Because Eric Says So – Stressed Reader Asking for help

Dear Eric, 

I’m swamped with work at the moment and nothing seems to be going right! I’ve made a decision and now seems like I can’t go back! How do you keep positive when it seems everyone is out to get you?

Tiger Print Lover, by e-mail. 

Theresa, I feel you. Sometimes I think I haven’t had a break since 1992! And sadly, we are not alone. According to a poll taken by YouGov, 74% of people in the UK have experienced such high levels of stress that they are unable to cope.

This causes a domino effect that may lead to smoking more, drinking more and an unhealthy relationship with food. Nervousness, depression and loneliness are also pointed as consequences of work related stress.

So in this bleak state of affairs, what can you do?

1 – Take a step back

Try to take sometime to understand what’s causing you stress. Is it the workload? Someone at work making you feel rotten? Have you taken way more challenges that you can bare? Did you loose support you used to rely on?

2- Once you understand the problem, seek a solution

That can seem obvious, but in the darkest of times, it can be hard to switch on the light.

At work, try to reach out to a colleague or a senior manager explaining the difficulties you are having.

It’s important to know what your rights at work are and if you can’t do your job properly and this is affecting other areas of your life, you should be able to seek help.

3-Find a friend, quick!

Speak to a friend or family member about the difficulties you are having. Just talking about your problems with someone that can empathise can take the pressure out of a difficult time.

Going out for a nice meal and a drink or even just having a grand old time dancing to Abba are tried and tested methods that never fail.

4 – Make time for yourself and don’t waste it

Maybe you are spending too much time focused and concerned with work. When was the last time you watched a good tv show on Netflix, went to a spin class or read a good book?

Being active as painful as it seems is an amazing way to get your body and mind focused again.

5 – When everything else fails

Mental illness is real and there’s no shame is seeking help when it’s needed. Your GP will help you find solutions for your case – and doesn’t necessarily mean medication. (Although there’s no shame about that either).Therapy programs where you live may be available to you.

Don’t panic Theresa! The world is not ending (at least not yet). Sit back, focus on yourself and breathe! One day at a time.


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