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Recovering from Workplace PTSD Daily Self-Reflections (First Edition)

In Production
Available In 2021

The workplace PTSD recovery process begins by acknowledging the realities contributing to your PTSD symptoms. This self-reflection workbook walks you through mindfulness exercises you can apply in daily life to help you accept and recover from workplace PTSD.

Your career impacts your mental health in many important ways. A career that allows you to apply your unique talents and skills in a satisfying and personally fulfilling way spills over into other areas of your life in a positive way. A rewarding career enables you to express who you are and live the life you want. Sometimes, though, a job may look great in theory, but it clashes with who you are and how you want to live your life, and you cannot find a way to include your needs and desires at work. Our work environments are distinctly different from the contexts we live in with our friends and families. Switching between work and non-work time requires us to take on vastly different cultural and behavioral norms. The divergence between those two worlds often leads to cognitive and emotional conflicts within us.

Every work environment has a distinct and evolving culture of beliefs and behaviors that determine how employees and management interact with colleagues and customers. Often, workplace culture is implied, not expressly defined, and develops organically over time through the cumulative traits of all the people within the organization. The culture at work is often reflected in the dress code, business hours, office configuration, employee benefits, turnover, hiring decisions, treatment and satisfaction of customers, and operations. Culture is a huge part of what it is like to work for an organization and directly influences what’s considered acceptable or unacceptable behavior.

Workplaces become abusive when employees are denied basic human needs, dignity, and respect—when they don’t receive the validation, information, encouragement, and communication they need from management or coworkers. Employees become resigned to being mistreated because they’re surrounded by abusive behavior daily and have no way to change the situation. Most employees fail to recognize and acknowledge workplace abuse simply because it becomes the norm.