Sometimes stress can be good for us in helping us to find the motivation to perform well or get something important done. Stress can be harmful if we become over stressed and it interferes with our life for long periods of time.
Some common symptoms of stress include headaches, upset stomach, sleep disturbances, having difficulty concentrating, anger, low self-esteem and lack of confidence. The best way to help yourself is to monitor your own stress levels and make sure they are not getting you down. Think about the things that are happening in your life and the pressure you are putting on yourself to determine if these are increasing stress. Deal with your sources of stress before they grow and become bigger problems. You can also look at other areas in your life and where the situation could be managed more effectively or you could change your response.
Other effective ways of dealing with stress include seeing your GP, talking to someone you trust, regular physical activity, a healthy balanced diet, engaging in past times you enjoy, adequate sleep, a regular routine and not relying on alcohol or other substances to lower stress levels.
A psychologist can help you to address your stress levels. For more information contact Marzano Family Psychology on 08 9791 3795.
Lifeline’s National Stress Down Day is being held on Friday 26th July. The aim is to create awareness about stress and raise money to address mental health issues.
Lifeline provides crisis support and access to suicide prevention services 24 hours a day on 13 11 14. You can access more information at http://stressdown.org.au/event/StressDownDay2013.