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Stress Management in Melbourne

What is Stress?

Stress is a normal physical and mental response that helps you cope effectively with a situation. Stress causes your body to produce chemicals that increase your heart rate and blood pressure as well as impact your mental focus. This enables you to perform well for a short time in a challenging situation. However, too much stress on a regular basis can cause a build-up of these chemicals in your body, adversely impacting both your physical and mental health.
At Enriching Minds Psychology, we can assist with stress management in Melbourne that aims to reduce the stress experienced in day-to-day life.

Why does a person feel stressed?

Some of the things that can make you feel stressed include:

  • Relationships
  • Moving to a new place
  • Peer pressure
  • Being bullied
  • New responsibilities
  • Grief and loss
  • Having unrealistic expectations or demands placed on you either by yourself, a friend or family member
  • Exams or assessments
  • Problems at school or work

The Symptoms of Stress

Mental

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling moody or tearful
  • Low mood or sadness
  • Worry
  • Anger, irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
  • Burnout

Physical

  • Headaches or other aches and pains·
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep issues
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Increased heart rate or high blood pressure
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Smoking or using alcohol or other drugs
  • Upset stomach

Stress Management Strategies

The team at Enriching Minds Psychology can suggest a range of strategies for stress management in Melbourne, including:
  • Identify early warning signs such as tensing your jaw, grinding your teeth, headaches, and feeling irritable or short tempered.
  • Establish routines in your life for each day and week, including but not limited to regular times for exercise, relaxation, meals, waking and bedtimes.
  • Spend time with people who care, and share your thoughts or feelings with them.
  • Look after your health by eating healthy food, getting regular exercise, and taking time to do enjoyable or calming activities such as walking, dancing, and listening to music.
  • Notice negative self-talk such as ‘I can’t cope’, ‘I’m too busy’, or ‘I’m so tired’. This can make you feel worse, so try using more helpful self-talk such as ‘I’m doing okay given what I have to do’, ‘calm down’, or ‘breathe’.
  • Make time to practice relaxation.
  • Plan for things to do each day so you can look forward to doing them, giving you a sense of pleasure.

Resources

Various resources are available for people who experience significant stress, including:

Make an Appointment Today

If new stressors are challenging your ability to cope or if self-care measures just aren’t relieving your stress, you may need to look for reinforcements in the form of therapy and counselling. At Enriching Minds Psychology, we can help you identify sources of stress and learn new coping tools.

Contact us today to learn more about our services for stress management in Melbourne.

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