Work and money stress go hand-in-hand

Worries over work and stress concerning money are strongly correlated, it has been claimed. Terri Bodell, Deputy Chairman of the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, noted money and work are often the two primary factors for stress.

She explained current uncertainty surrounding the jobs market is perhaps exacerbating the link between the two.

Work is "a primary part of our lives and anything that goes on there is going to impact on us. Finances are going to impact on all areas of our lives," Ms Bodell stated.

The Clinical Psychotherapist was speaking in response to a new study carried out by Everyman, which found the average British adult spends approximately 36 minutes a day worrying, with monetary concerns the main driver of this.

She added the recession and fragile economy have served to increase stress levels among the general public as many employees have become fearful for the stability of their position.

Chartered Psychologist Kim Stephenson said: "People identify with their job. If you meet somebody, how often is the first question, "what do you do"? People say, "I am an X", not "I work as an X.

"News reports about job losses say 'hundreds of workers made redundant'. They mean that jobs are redundant - the work isn't needed any more. But if you say to the workers, 'you aren't redundant, your job is', you'll probably get a reply that, more bluntly, says - 'it doesn't matter about semantics, I've been made redundant'.

"If you are your job and your job is, or is likely to, be taken away, where does that leave you? If you are 'redundant', what value do you have, might you simply cease to exist?

"Naturally enough, people are anxious about that."