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Managing stress and trauma caused by workplace mistreatment

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2023 | Hostile Work Environment

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Experiencing workplace discrimination or harassment can have a profound impact on an individual’s well-being. Managing the resulting stress and trauma is crucial for promoting healing and resilience. 

If you’ve been mistreated at work, you may benefit from exploring healthy coping mechanisms to manage stress and regulate emotions in addition to exploring your legal options. These may include journaling, engaging in creative outlets, practicing relaxation exercises or participating in activities that bring joy and fulfillment. Finding healthy ways to cope with stress can provide a sense of control and promote emotional healing.

Specific strategies

It can help to start by establishing clear boundaries to protect your well-being. This may involve setting limits on interactions with individuals who perpetuate discrimination or harassment, communicating assertively about your boundaries or seeking support from supervisors or HR departments to address the issue. Creating boundaries can help restore a sense of control and empower you in managing the impact of workplace trauma. 

These additional strategies may prove to be helpful as well:

  • Find a Supportive Network: Reach out to trusted friends, family members or colleagues who can provide a safe space for you to share your experiences and emotions. Having a supportive network can offer validation, empathy and understanding, which can be crucial for healing and regaining a sense of self-worth.
  • Prioritize Self-Care: Engage in activities that promote self-care and well-being. This includes exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and engaging in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or mindfulness practices. Prioritizing self-care helps reduce stress, promote resilience and restore emotional balance.

Remember that each individual’s healing process is unique, and it may take time to recover from the trauma of workplace discrimination or harassment. Seeking support, practicing self-care and developing effective coping strategies are essential steps toward managing stress, promoting healing and rebuilding resilience. Seeking legal guidance if you have questions or concerns about pursuing justice can also be helpful.