(Posted by Cathy DuBois) In this new series in our search for living in a more conscious way, I have introduced the concept of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the workplace.” Please read my last blog to catch-up with our discussion. This is a very serious issue that can have horrendous implications to the general population’s mental health and our ability to flourish. Since becoming more conscious means that we are noticing how we live, who we can trust, and how we have been effected by our choices we need to understand this topic more deeply.
Though often downplayed or ignored entirely we spend a lot of time at work or thinking about work. Or we live with people who do. It takes a lot of time and energy to work everyday and leaves little time to really dwell on how our work environment is impacting everything we are. So let’s take a look at the first point for this Blog as I tell you how working has affected my mental health:
Just being employed and being around people can factor into this disorder in many ways.
Many times in my working life when it became obvious that I was at the top of my salary range, I would find new employment for better salary and benefits. This has been a good strategy for me in many ways but it also exposed me to lots of weird and unpleasant experiences and people. I was often hired to replace an incompetent, unreliable person who left behind a “gang of loyal friends” who viewed me as an interloper and the only reason their friend got fired. Management usually let them believe such nonsense and left me to sink or swim.
If you know anything about gangs, be they on the street or in corporations, they can be nasty, very underhanded and destructive. They will sabotage, be aggressive, gossip and not pass along important work-related information. These people might appear to be nice, honest and happy employees, but they are not. They are none of these things. They are bullies, gas-lighters and some are even psychopaths. They usually keep their jobs because they were hired by their friends or family members or have something on management that keeps them on payroll. They are also terrified they will be found out. So like a pack of hyenas, they go for what they perceive as the weakest link.
I knew nothing about PTSD or any mental health issues at the time I was working for this company. It was brutal but I held fast, set some boundaries and made a friend or two. I also did the best work I could for the company. I was on time and dependable. The bullies hated that and so I had a little revenge and a great resume and references for my next job hunt.
However, constantly being exposed to the bully tactics and sneak attacks added to my sense of being unsafe and deeply wounded. I was beginning to frighten easily and distrust circumstances. These are the deep down recordings of events, emotions and pictures that were contributing to what I would later be diagnosed with: PTSD……to be continued.
In this Blog series, I will be explaining to you how these 7 things have impacted my working life and how you can spot when this process is affecting yours. If you are working with others it will affect you at some point. This is an interesting and much needed discussion. Traumatized people pretty much run the world. If you have noticed this at all, then this discussion will help you understand how that came to be and what must happen for it to stop impacting our ability to awaken and grow fully conscious. I will offer some personal experiences I have lived through that will help you understand this topic so you can easily apply this information to your own working life.
When you become conscious that this is actually a process and not a destination, each new revelation will be a challenge and not be so hard to overcome. If you would like me to help you navigate this passage you are making, please contact me and we can start a dialog.
If this is new to you, get educated. But you better hurry up. If you need guidance to navigate through all of the psycho – behavior that you may run into, email me at email@example.com. I can share links and websites I believe in and follow. I am available to teach you about boundaries and give you some life-skills to help you cope. Don’t allow disrespectful people to control your life’s path.
New energies are now flooding Gaia, our beautiful planet. They are also blessing us with the ability to quickly go beyond all that has been holding us back IF that is where we want to go. So please decide you want to be free to live in peace and contribute your love and light to all.
This is the New Gaia and is the home of the Creator Beings. Practice it, think about it and let go of the past. It is time to chose who you want to be and consciously be that now. If you want more guidance on this important topic stay tuned for more resources.
Please feel free to share this original work with others as it is written.
Author Notes: Cathy DuBois is a healer, teacher, coach and Dr. of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
She is a published author and seeker of truth. Visit her website at www.tripleheart.co