Most Americans spend about a third of their lives at work, but only about half are satisfied with their jobs. Career challenges offer an opportunity to motivate us to learn new skills and master ourselves and our jobs. Challenges are important for a healthy and productive life.
Job stress is defined by the CDC as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the job requirements don’t match the capabilities, resources and needs of the worker. Job stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Work and money are leading sources of stress. This is good reason to carefully evaluate your career challenges to help you navigate your career choices.
How can counseling help with career challenges?
Counseling can help you manage the emotional side of career challenges. It can help you cope with these and many other issues:
- work life balance including family issues and illness, time constraints
- unstated fears, bills, and traffic
- busy schedules
- conflict with coworkers or supervisors
- stress surrounding wages or compensation
- fear of rejection when applying for a job
- fear of failure
- fear of success
- Fear of embarrassment
- How to find meaning in your work
- How to find satisfaction in your work.
- How to set boundaries with work
Counseling and choosing a career
Choosing a career is one of the most important choices we make as adults. A choice that impacts our psychological health, physical health, and the health of our families. Whether changing or choosing a career it is vital to know yourself, your capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. It is also important to be aware of what contributes to your happiness, and you can build a relationship with your work that contributes to your happiness.
Working mothers are typically under psychological and physical pressure from their many responsibilities including childcare, domestic work, and career. This double burden from work and family life can make life difficult and lead to depression, anxiety, and burnout.
How to design the career you desire
Typically career counseling has been focused on the professional needs and goals. Yet in today’s world employment have become unstable and uncertain, it is imperative that people focus on designing a personally meaningful life and that means choosing a career is focused on your identity, life mission or purpose, the various roles and responsibilities to yourself and your loved ones. The goal is to design your life and a career that is satisfying and rewarding for you.
Our psychologists at Healthymynds in Redondo Beach can help you evaluate your career choices and finding a good job for you.
Before beginning treatment one of our clinical psychologists will conduct a complimentary initial consultation with you. The goal of the initial consultation is to get a better understanding of you, your history with what brings you to therapy, and what your needs are in therapy. We feel the fit between client and psychologist is extremely important, and the consultation is a great start for you to get a feel for Healthymynds and if we are a fit for your needs. Our goal is to work with you in a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and work toward flourishing.
When you need help making career choices it is important to know yourself and your possibilities. Contact Healthymynds in Redondo Beach for a no cost phone interview to learn more.