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Stress and anxiety in times of adversity

stress and anxiety in times of adversity

By Paula Teggelove (Paula Teggelove's next online short course on Managing Stress and Anxiety begins on August 3) From this Thursday, as Victorians advance further into lockdown conditions, we will all have to wear face masks when we venture from home. It’s important that we don’t try, at the same time, to mask what we are feeling and experiencing as a...

Worrying link between stress and depression

Edited by Jill Wright,

worrying link between stress and depression

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; color: #dca10d} To a psychologist in Melbourne tracking developments in mental health around the world, there seems to be an all but unbroken stream of mass media reports highlighting the dangers of depression and stories of its victims. In the past week, for instance, we've learned...

Finding Work Life Balance

Edited by Jill Wright,

finding work life balance

If success means keeping your head above water in all aspects of daily life, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. Left to juggle the demands of work, family, social life, personal life, exercise, one’s Facebook profile etc., all while perhaps studying or having a second job, many of us struggle. It might not be easy, but it is possible to keep...

Managing Financial Stress

By Gavin Sharp,

managing financial stress

Most of us spend a lot of time worrying about money - or at least the lack of it - and with steadily increasing power bills, gas bills, petrol bills, health insurance bills etc., coupled with successive years of static wages, the pressure and the number of people affected by it seems to be mounting every day. Financial stress takes...

Not as busy as we think?

Edited by Jill Wright,

not as busy as we think?

Have you ever noticed that feeling of satisfaction you get when you're telling people just how hectic your life is? Does it make you feel important? According to sociologists researching the phenomenon, somewhere around the end of the 20th Century, "busyness" became a badge of honour. People started competing to cram ever more demands into their schedules, and bragging about...

More than one way to work on worry

Edited by Jill Wright,

This being what journalists call "the silly season", when news is scarce and journalists prepared to do more than token research are even thinner on the ground than usual, it's perhaps understandable that even a respected newspaper like The Guardian and its "Science Desk" should have come up with a less than rigorous piece on overcoming worry. Daniel Freeman, a...

Assessing your stress

Edited by Jill Wright,

Just how stressed are you? The BBC has come up with an online stress test, compiled by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, to mark the UK's National Stress Awareness Day which happened to fall on November 6.  If you suffer from stress - and according to research by AXA Insurance the incidence has doubled in four years - every...

Depressing news for Australian workers ... and bosses

Edited by Jill Wright,

One would have to say that the timing might have been a little better. First came the news, on Monday, that a survey by the Australian Psychological Association had found a disturbing level of stress, anxiety and depression in the national workforce. The APS psychologists interviewed 1548 workers for their Stress and Wellbeing in Australia report and discovered less satisfaction...

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