Overcoming Workplace Stress with Hypnotherapy: Techniques to Enhance Work-Life Balance


There are certain feelings I long for, specifically the feeling when we rumble down the pot holed track of the campsite we frequent. I know it’s coming, although it’s a surprise for first timers. As you turn off the country road, no one would think you crazy if you expressed surprise at being near the coast, for you only notice the sea if you look far into the distance in the correct five second moment. After a minute or two of driving incredibly slowly down a very bumpy track, it’s suddenly as though the land in front of you falls away, and presents the most incredible view of the cliffs and sea.


I get the same feeling when I plonk myself among mountains. It’s better when I’m going up, but even the approach in the airport transfer bus gives me the tingles. There is nothing better than the natural world and putting myself amongst it. Although the technology we surround ourselves with does a good job of disguising the human need for connection with nature, I challenge any human who says it doesn’t make them feel good.





I think this touches on the gains you get from investing in datsuzoku. A Japanese term that isn’t present in the English language, but translates as “to break away from the norm” or “to escape from the daily routine.” It is a concept often associated with the Japanese aesthetic and the philosophy of Zen Buddhism.


In the context of Japanese culture, datsuzoku represents the idea of finding liberation from societal expectations and constraints. It encourages individuals to embrace freedom, spontaneity, and a sense of detachment from conventional norms. It suggests breaking away from rigid rules and routines to explore alternative paths and experiences.


You can apply datsuzoku to various aspects of life, including work, relationships, and personal development. It encourages the seeking of balance and harmony by engaging in activities that provide a sense of liberation and joy. It promotes the idea of finding your own unique path, rather than adhering to societal pressures.


In essence, datsuzoku invites you to step out of comfort zones, challenge conventional thinking, and embrace new possibilities. It encourages a mindset of exploration, creativity, and nonconformity, ultimately fostering personal growth and a deeper connection with yourself and the world.



Work-Life Balance


Is this what you think of when someone uses the term work-life balance? I’m not sure whether it is for me. When I think of work-life balance, I simply think of not working. I rarely think of the life bit. Ideally, we’d all work in an environment that encompasses our individual passions, so work is a joy bringer. It’s stimulating and enjoyable, the thing you’re eager to do when you wake up, and the thing you least want to put down. Financial pressures mean this is impossible for some people. In this instance, it’s important to switch it off and invest time in pleasurable activities as much as possible. Whether that’s lounging with a good book or raving hard in Ibiza, it doesn’t matter. However, regardless of whether your working day brings you happiness, prolonged workplace stress is detrimental and necessary to counteract for the benefit of your mental and physical wellbeing.


Workplace Stress


Workplace stress is a common issue that many people experience in their jobs. It refers to the physical, emotional, and mental strain caused by the demands and pressures of work. Various factors contribute to workplace stress, such as excessive workload, tight deadlines, long working hours, lack of control over tasks, poor communication, conflicts with colleagues, and job insecurity.


Prolonged exposure to high levels of stress has detrimental effects. It leads to physical health problems like headaches, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and increased susceptibility to illnesses. It also negatively impacts mental health, resulting in anxiety, depression, and burnout. Additionally, workplace stress reduces productivity, decreases job satisfaction, and increases absenteeism.


It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of workplace stress. These may include feeling overwhelmed, irritability, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite, insomnia, frequent illnesses, withdrawal from social interactions, and decreased job performance. Recognising the signs helps you take proactive measures to address the issues. Strategies to help you manage workplace stress effectively include:


Time management: Prioritise tasks and set realistic goals that you can break down into manageable steps. Use techniques like to-do lists, calendars, and reminders to stay organised.

Establish boundaries: Learn to say no when you’re already overwhelmed, and delegate tasks when possible. Set clear boundaries between your work and personal life. This will help you maintain a healthy work-life balance, especially if you work from home.

Seek support: Talk to a trusted colleague, supervisor, or friend about your concerns. Sharing your feelings can provide emotional relief and lead to helpful advice or solutions.

Practice self-care: Engage in activities that promote relaxation and well-being, such as exercise, meditation, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones. Take breaks during the workday to recharge.

Communication: Open communication with your supervisor or team members to help address work-related issues and find potential solutions. Express your concerns and explore possibilities for reducing stressors or redistributing workload.

Seek professional help if needed: If stress at work becomes overwhelming and persists despite your efforts, consider seeking support from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance and strategies tailored to your specific situation.




How Can Hypnotherapy Help?


Hypnosis is a self-care tool you can use daily to rebalance and recharge. If you choose to work with a hypnotherapist to manage work stress, there are different angles to tackle or manage the situation. Your hypnotherapist will help you work out whether your best option is to use the sessions to relax and have a deeply restorative experience, or to delve into yourself and develop a strong introspective ability, so you know when the stress is getting too much and it’s time to use the above strategies.


Your hypnotherapist will help you establish boundaries and develop communication skills, so the workplace becomes a calmer place. In addition, your hypnotherapist will help you invest in datsuzoku, to enhance your life, despite workplace stress.