Stress is a natural response that can affect anyone, but understanding it and knowing how to manage it is essential for overall well-being. Stress occurs when your body reacts to demands or threats, whether they’re real or perceived. This triggers a rapid, automatic response known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response,” where your body’s defenses go into overdrive to protect you from danger. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress, seeking support from a psychologist can provide valuable tools and guidance to navigate life’s challenges more effectively.
Our experienced Melbourne psychologists can support you through all kinds of life changes. Here are some common examples of situations and factors that can result in stress:
Here are some ways that stress can impact the way you feel:
Here are some ways that stress can impact your thinking:
Here are some ways that stress can impact your behaviour:
What are some ways for managing stress?
Set Clear Goals and Priorities: Determine tasks that are urgent and those that can wait. Don’t hesitate to decline new responsibilities if you’re already overloaded. At the end of the day, focus on acknowledging your accomplishments rather than dwelling on what remains unfinished.
Stay Connected: Avoid isolation and seek support from friends, family, or your community. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed, both for emotional support and practical assistance. Remember, you are not alone in your struggle with stress.
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.
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.
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 the Australian Psychological Society. Our clinical practice is grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches, ensuring comprehensive support for stress management and adjusting to life changes.