Stress

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Most of our psychologists work in the Melbourne CBD Clinic, and the rest in different locations across Melbourne. You can find out all about our psychologists – when, where and what issues they work with – on our online booking portal or you can call our reception on 03 96291001.

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"Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."

—Virginia Satir

What is stress?

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. When we feel stressed, our body releases increased amounts of the hormone cortisol. Not all stress is bad. 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. Optimal performance in these situations is reached with moderate levels of stress.

When stress becomes chronic, or levels reach too high levels , however, it can cause major problems with relationships, work and our mental and physical health. Feeling rundown or getting sick increasingly often are common signs we’re overly stressed. As our bodies are responding to the stressful environments and situations in our lives, our immune system is overworked and overtired, so that it can no longer protect you.

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

Cognitive

Emotional

What can cause stress?

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.

Some common situations that can lead to high stress include:

Strategies to help manage stress

Psychology Melbourne can help

Our team of experienced psychologists are trained to help you manage and reduce stress through a number of evidence based treatment and therapeutic approaches. These may include mindfulness-based stress reduction, cognitive behavioural stress management, stress inoculation training and relaxation techniques.

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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