stressStress is something that everyone can experience at different times in their lives.  It is often a physical response to situations that make you feel threatened or make you feel like you are unable to cope with the demands you are facing.

It is important to know that while excessive stress can be detrimental to your health, some stress can be good for you; it can provide the motivator needed to get the report in before the deadline, study a bit more for an exam or to leave a situation that may be unsafe.

Situations which may trigger stress include:

• Moving school/workplace
• Social situations
• Conflict
• Job dissatisfaction
• Working in poor conditions
• Illness or injury
• Inability to meet deadlines
• Meeting family needs

Symptoms of stress can include:

• Inability to concentrate
• Feeling low and depressed
• Feeling anxious
• Irritability and a short temper
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Sleeping and eating problems

Stress can range from mild to extreme and sometimes if not managed well, it can start interfering with our lives and health. This is why it is important for us to know our limits when it comes to stress, as extreme amounts can have a long term impact on our personal lives, the lives of those close to us and also on our occupation/school.

Learning how to manage your stress effectively is something we focus on at Aspire Health & Psychology. Our experienced psychologists use a variety of therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Experiential Methods, Psychoanalysis and Emotion Focused Therapy when helping our clients.

If you feel like stress is adversely impacting on your life, contact Aspire Health and Psychology on  (03) 9391 9866 to make an appointment with one of our psychologists.

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