Understanding and managing stress is a hot topic in today’s world; the term “stress” has become much publicised and generally labelled as a “bad thing” in our modern society.
In actual fact, stress is a natural part of life; we all experience it; the key aspect to our wellbeing is how we effectively learn to manage our stressors. This is one of the most important priniciples when it comes to living a happy, healthy, balanced and fulfilling life.
A stress reaction is a purely personal internal experience, although our levels of stress can be affected by external factors, i.e. work commitments, children, exams, etc. Stress is different for each of us, and as the popular saying goes:
One person’s stress is another person’s motivation.
A stress reaction can occur on the physical, emotional, psychological, mental and/or spiritual levels of our beings.
- A physical stress response may be triggered by experiences like moving home, surgery, and general illness.
- An emotional stress response may be triggered by death, separation, or a sense of loss.
- A psychological stress response may be triggered by changes in the lifestyle of the individual, of which they feel that they have little mental control over.
- A spiritual stress response may be triggered if an individual is experiencing a sense of disconnection from their world, or perhaps dealing with grief after the death of a loved one, and the necessary questions which arise from these heartbreaking separations from those we love.
Essentially stress is inevitable, but it has an important role to play to assist us in functioning, as normal, healthy people.
When Stress Gets out of Hand
There are times however, when we experience feeling overwhelmed, physically exhausted, confused, and/or disconnected due to the challenges of life.
It is at times like these, that we need to “take-time” out to reflect on our situation. Clarifying life goals and establishing clear strategies to achieve them, along with relinquishing old pain, can assist you to de-stress.
If you are struggling to manage stress, you may feel that your thoughts or emotions are negatively impacting your mood or your thinking; or it could be causing difficulties in your relationships or your feelings about where you fit in with your life.
If this is the case, you may benefit from a short course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which can be carefully designed to assist you to clarify what control you do have, called “the locus of control”. A psychologist can assist you to engage in action steps, to either expand where appropriate or let go of what is necessary, in order to feel and think with greater clarity and ease.
Often clients find as a result of these programs, they are able to exercise greater control within their life, reduce any negative consequences, and make some decisions with clarity.
By booking in and talking confidentially to a registered psychologist, you may find that you join the host of people who, once they courageously chose to take this step, wish they had chosen to see a psychologist “years ago”!
Author: Sharon Hulin, BA (Double Hons), MA (Psych), MaPPi, ANZMH.
Sharon Hulin is a Brisbane Psychologist with a passion for supporting individuals with understanding and managing stress. With a solid grounding in academic training and scientifically researched best practice models of care, and many years of experience, Sharon provides support and guidance to help you clarify, heal, understand and integrate.
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