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Stress management

Stress is something we all feel from time to time. How often do we find ourselves talking about how stressed we are? Ironically, however, we are often not clear about what it actually is, and in many cases we are confused about what we are actually experiencing. 

Stress is a common-place reaction to the demands and frustrations of modern life. In small doses it can have a positive effect; giving us the extra energy and concentration that can help us meet that deadline, or react to threatening situations. It can even save your life.

When stress becomes chronic, however, it can cause major problems with relationships, work and our mental and physical health.

Stress can be caused by many things. These include demands at work or at home, health problems, having too much to do and little time to do it. Stress can be exacerbated by your coping style, your personality, your thought processes and factors such as fitness levels and sleep patterns.

Stress can be associated with particular phases of life. The stress of parenting, for instance, is emerging as a major issue for couples, and Psychology Melbourne offers particular expertise in this and other specific stress issues.

What are some of the signs?

Physical

  • Headaches, general aches and pains
  • Upset stomach, indigestion
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened immune system

Cognitive

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of confidence

Emotional

  • Moodiness
  • Depression or unhappiness
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of being lonely and isolated

Strategies to help manage stress

  • Learn to recognise when you are feeling under stress.
  • Keep notes on the events or thoughts that trigger it and try to identify any warning signs.
  • Establish routines for sleep, meals and exercise, to minimise physical causes of stress
  • Make time for relaxation; participate in enjoyable activities; practise meditation, yoga or breathing exercises
  • Avoid situations which make you feel stressed

When to seek professional assistance

If high stress levels persist or are significantly interfering with your life, you should seek professional help. In addition to individual sessions, we also run classes on How to Manage Stress and Anxiety which are highly popular and attract a Medicare rebate with a referral from a GP.

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For more information or to make an appointment contact us on our Live Chat or phone (03) 9629 1001 or send us an email via our contact form.

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