Workplace Trauma

Many of you might relate with me when I say I have been through a toxic workplace relationship.

Yes. You heard me right. Workplace relationship.

Work is very similar to personal human relationships in our lives. We spend a lot of time at work and for this reason, we cannot ignore the emotional and psychological stress that we go through during that time.

If you are being constantly disrespected in your office, feel intimated about losing your job on the employer’s trivial reservations, are in a constant state of stress because of the way you are treated as an individual, or simply feel that your existence is of no value to your employer, then you on a path to workplace trauma.

It is a continuous trauma that starts affecting your mental and emotional health. Over a period of time, it shatters your self-confidence and you start to question your own self-worth.

It is a state of being micro-managed where your expertise is overshadowed by the overwhelming derogatory influence of your colleagues or supervisors.

Workplace Trauma is Real

All these and similar instances are red flags that help us recognize that workplace trauma is a real thing and not just a myth.

It not only harms our mental health and psychological well-being but can lead to irreversible damage to our personalities in the long run.

The good thing is, that all over the world people have started to recognize this issue. Now, more than ever people are aware of their boundaries and speak openly about the dangers that it may cause to the workers.

Many of us, are even inspired to make a difference for those who suffer from workplace trauma every day and help them proactively to recover from such traumas.

How to Recover from Workplace Trauma?

Globally career or workplace trauma has been recognized as a mental injury. It may happen due to specific traumatic events like being ignored for a promotion or it may be the result of a constant act of bullying or harassment.

Although it can be very hard, there are some measures you can take to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

1. Make Yourself a Priority

Ensure self-care and take out time from work to relax.
Eat a healthy diet, ensure regular workouts, enjoy nature, spend time with the people you love, and get ample sleep.

2. Accept and Identify Your Trigger Points

Accept that there is a career crisis and identify its reasons. Go to the root cause of why you are feeling stressed or what action or event is causing the trauma.
It could include things like layoff threats, workplace violence, the death of a colleague, bullying by the employer, and harassment.

3. Set Your Boundaries

We all have our thresholds. There should always be a limit to the stress you can take. Identify and set that limit. Let people around you know that you need to be treated with respect.

Firmly make them realize what are your boundaries and what you deserve.

Final Words

The workplace is like our second home where we spend most of our time. It should be a place where employees are given opportunities to shine and feel safe. It should have a supportive environment to set a stage for progress and success, rather than pulling us down to mental deterioration.

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