The impact of workplace bullying increases stress, anxiety and depression. It can have a major effect on home life and take a toll on relationships too.
Bullying in the workplace and uncomfortable work situations can cause upset and turbulence at home. As a result stress levels rise, sleep is disturbed, symptoms of anxiety and depression increase.
Maybe it’s difficult to discuss work related issues at home because:
- You may convince yourself that you can hide your feelings from your partner.
- The bully has made you feel responsible for the situation and you don’t want to share your experiences.
- You feel that your partner will not be supportive and as a result will probably blame you for bringing the situation on yourself.
It is very likely that increased stress and anxiety from workplace bullying will bring about a noticeable personality change and your partner will realise that something is wrong.
- Frayed temper due to worry and bottled up feelings may mean that bullying in the workplace causes you to lash out at those around you.
- There may be financial worries hence making you feel lucky to have a job at all.
Your partner could be incredibly supportive and help fight with you end the bullying. Finding out that a loved one is suffering bullying in the workplace is upsetting, especially if it has been kept secret.
Emotional health and personal relationships may be under enormous strain due to bullying in the workplace increased stress, anxiety and depression.
It’s really important to look after you
- Keeping a diary will serve as a written account of events and also help you express how you’re feeling.
- Taking some time off work may help you feel calmer. Don’t feel guilty about doing this; bullying in the workplace is not acceptable.
- Listen to your body, it is speaking to you. It may be worthwhile booking a check-up with your GP.
- Exercise is proven to release stress and anxiety and need not be expensive. A swim, walk or bike ride are all great stress relievers
- Talk to a UKCP therapist (had to slip it in somewhere)