How to Reduce Stress at Work

stress work I was recently interviewed for an article in Inside Toronto about the stress caused by dealing with difficult people. Especially in the workplace, these difficult people and negative influences can create a great deal of stress.

I find that work stress is one of the most common reasons people come for counselling or therapy, and often the biggest source of stress is difficult bosses and co-workers.

In the article, I talk about a number of way to help reduce stress when faced with challenging interpersonal relationships and relieve the stress once it starts to build.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

Dorter said stress and anxiety at work due to negative coworkers is common and the anxiety and stress it creates for people is occurring in workplaces everywhere.

“That’s often something that comes up with my clients, how stressful their work is and how much they hate their jobs and it’s almost always not the work they do, but the people they have to be around,” he said.

If it’s your boss who’s negative, you have the least amount of control as he has power of you, Dorter said.

Often, Dorter said, bosses don’t have the proper experience or the right people skills, which may mean they are uncomfortable with themselves and it comes out it negative ways.

“Maybe they were good at some technical aspects of the job, but never got the people or communication skills and they don’t know how to interact with people and it can be very frustrating to work under them,” he said.

You can try and speak with them, but Dorter said what’s challenging is you have to communicate with them without putting them on the defensive.

To learn more about how to deal with stress at work and stress in interpersonal relationships, you can find the rest of the article at Inside Toronto.

Guelph Therapist Greg Dorter

I’m a Guelph therapist specializing in helping people overcome stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. For more information about how I can help you reduce stress with cognitive therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), or to make an appointment for counselling or therapy in Guelph, please call me at 226-500-4086 or email

3 thoughts on “How to Reduce Stress at Work

  1. Heather says

    I completely agree. When coworkers can work together the office dynamic can be great but when there is a lot of competition it can be really stressful.
    Thanks for this post!