Stress Management and Navigating Life Changes

Adjustment difficulties surface during stressful periods, whether they result from expected or unexpected life events and changes. Life’s surprises often bring feelings of confusion, being stuck or overwhelmed, or even a loss of identity. The stress that comes with adjusting to these changes can hinder our ability to engage in everyday routines and activities. If you’re in Melbourne and in need of stress management or support during life’s transitions, you’re in the right place.

We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.

Brené Brown

Life changes and when to seek support

Our experienced Melbourne psychologists can support you through all kinds of life changes including:

  • Divorce
  • Relationship breakups
  • Marital difficulties
  • Disruptions in close relationships
  • School-related changes
  • Parenthood and becoming a parent
  • Transition to independent living
  • Returning home after college
  • Career setbacks or shifts
  • Relocation to new city or country
  • Retirement
  • Chronic illness

Here are some ways that life changes can impact the way you feel:

  • Low mood and depressive feelings
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Anxiety-related experiences
  • Diminished self-esteem
  • Sense of hopelessness
  • Feeling trapped and devoid of alternatives
  • Isolation and detachment
  • Irritability and mood swings

Here are some ways that life changes can impact your thinking:

  • Worry and anxious thoughts
  • Challenges with concentration
  • Preoccupation with stressors
  • Negative or pessimistic thinking
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Forgetfulness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Intrusive or distressing thoughts

Here are some ways that life changes can impact your behaviour:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Outbursts of anger or disruptive behaviour
  • Avoidance of stressful situations
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Increased use of alcohol consumption or substance abuse
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Restlessness or fidgeting
  • Impulsivity or reckless behaviour

What are the signs and symptoms that life change is impacting your child or adolescent?

  • Irritability
  • Depressed mood
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Frequent physical complaints including headaches or stomachaches
  • Changes in appetite or weight

How can Positive Wellbeing Psychology help?

At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, our experienced Melbourne psychologists have a special interest in stress management and guiding individuals through life transitions using evidence-based approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy.  

Unexpected life challenges and transitions often bring stress and self-reflection. It’s natural to question your path, sense of purpose and identity during transformative life shifts.  

Make an Appointment

At Positive Wellbeing Psychology, we offer flexible appointments with our psychologists during the day, evening, or weekends, both in-person at our Melbourne psychology practice or online via telehealth.

believe in change and reach progress with a Melbourne psychologist

Our team of psychologists hold full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to ethical guidelines as mandated by the Psychologists Registration Board and Australian Psychological Society. Our clinical practice is grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches to support individuals through life changes, life transitions, and stress management.