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Our stress management specialists can help you take back control of your life and effectively deal with stress, pressure and worry.
We at Angus Munro Psychology deliver professional,  effective and evidence-based psychological treatments and assessments to those who are suffering from stress. Angus and his team guarantee to work tirelessly to deliver the highest possible quality stress management.
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Stress is a natural part of life for many people- a reaction to challenging circumstances that forms part of the body’s natural “fight or and flight” response.

Pressure at work, difficult relationships at home and concerns about money or health can all cause feelings of stress and anxiety to interfere with your ability to function.

Stress affects a huge proportion of the population- 45% of Australians report feeling stressed at work and over a third report having significant distress in their lives. Stress is also a major cause of illness and increases the risk of developing mental illnesses like anxiety disorders and depression.

If stress is impacting your ability to cope with the pressures of your lifestyle then our mental health professional can help you using supportive and evidence-based counselling.

Common Causes of Stress

Stress can be brought on by prolonged exposure to challenging life circumstances. Common causes include:

  • Job stress caused by pressure, deadlines, unhappy work environment, interpersonal conflict or low pay rates
  • Conflict at home or difficult relationships with loved ones
  • Financial insecurity
  • Health concerns
  • Major life changes like moving to a new city or starting a new job
  • Not getting enough rest or time to yourself
  • Traumatic events such as accidents or injury

It can also be caused or compounded by personality factors such as perfectionism or high levels of self-criticism. Anxiety, depression and other disorders can also increase your susceptibility to stress.

Is Stress Affecting You?

Stress is experienced as part of the body’s natural reaction to danger and difficulty. This reaction includes an increased heart rate and a rise in blood pressure as well as the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in the brain. Long-term exposure to these changes causes a range of emotional and cognitive effects along with physical side effects can also manifest,  including:

Emotional and Cognitive Effects:

    • Increased irritability
    • Unable to cope with expectations
    • Reduced ability to concentrate and focus
    • Lower energy
    • Difficulty sleeping
    • Difficulty “switching off” from worries
    • Lower mood
    • Higher levels of worry about the future
    • Reduced sex drive
    • Reduced self-esteem and confidence

Physical Side Effects

  • Increased blood pressure and risk of stroke/heart disease
  • Higher susceptibility to illness
  • Increased sweating
  • Muscle pain and tension
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss

 

These symptoms should not be ignored- stress can seriously harm your health as well as reducing your ability to cope with difficult life circumstances. If you suffer from these symptoms then it’s time to do something about it. Stress might be seen as a normal part of life for a lot of people but you don’t have to live with it- consult with a professional who can offer the right guidance to face all of life’s challenges.

Eliminate Stress from Your Life

With effective, person-centred stress assessment and therapy from Angus Munro Psychology, you can overcome the effects of this mental illness and develop ways to better manage your life and cope with the pressures you face. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective approach to deal with stress. We will help you learn how to reduce the demands you place on yourself and increase your resources for managing the stressors in your life. The expert counsellors or a psychologist at our Sydney clinic can work with you to take back control of your work and home life and give you a more positive and resilient outlook on your circumstances.

Our Stress Management Course can Help You With:

  • Reducing the physical symptoms of stress and increasing your health and wellbeing
  • Addressing the mental effects of stress and bringing them under control
  • Restoring your ability to sleep and relax at the end of the day
  • Spotting unhelpful thoughts and worries before they take hold
  • Increased willpower and ability to cope with difficulties
  • Learning effective relaxation techniques and ways of coping with stress in your day to day life
  • Restoring your confidence
  • Restoring your sex drive
  • Improving your relationships
  • Regaining a sense of control over your life
  • Having the confidence and clarity to make big life decisions and handle responsibilities

Effective stress counselling encompasses a set of skills that enable one to anticipate, prevent, manage, and recover from the wear and tear brought on by perceived threats and coping deficiencies. We can tailor an evidence-based stress management program to help you move from coping to thriving.

Let us help you live a better life! Book an appointment with Angus Munro Psychology near your area now.

Our Clinic Address:

2 Warwick Avenue, Cammeray,

Sydney, NSW (2062)

Email: inquiries@ampsych.com.au

Phone: 0290561779

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Top Searched FAQs Related to Stress

What is stress?

Stress is our normal reaction to threat or danger. Often triggering what is commonly known as the fight or flight response, stress releases hormones that raise our heartbeat and increase our vigilance or alertness. The stress response is itself a desirable and necessary part of human survival.

It becomes a problem, however, when the on and off button for our stress response gets stuck in the on position. We experience the heightened vigilance and physiological symptoms even when there is no objective danger. The constant flood of hormones that make us feel tense, alert, and on edge keeps coming, despite our best efforts to turn the switch off.

What are the common signs or symptoms of stress?

Stress can manifest itself in many ways, and often affect people in very different ways. It mainly affects us physically, emotionally, cognitively, and behaviourally.

Some of the physical symptoms of stress are muscular tension, aches and pains, rapid heartbeat, digestive ailments such as constipation or diarrhoea, or problems with sexual libido or functioning.

Emotional symptoms include irritability, being quick to anger, lashing out, being moody or agitated, being unable to relax, or feeling lonely, isolated, or overwhelmed.

Symptoms of stress also affect how our brains work: we may find ourselves worrying to the point of distraction, ruminating on past or future events, showing unclear or poor judgment, forgetfulness, or whirling thoughts.

Stress can lead to behavioural changes. Some use or abuse alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes; some binge on food while others have no appetite; some sleep more than usual, some experience insomnia. Other symptoms of stress include isolating yourself, procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities, overworking, or engaging in nervous habits such as nail biting, pacing, or even picking at one’s skin or hair.

How can I manage my stress?

Although work, relationship and all kinds of stress seem to be built into our lives these days, there are ways to manage or get relief from your stress. Stress management is largely a matter of making small changes in our daily habits and in the way we think.

Though the stressors we experience are undoubtedly real, it is easy to lose a sense of perspective. Our minds tend toward catastrophic thinking (assuming the worst); all or nothing thinking (I have to get everything done; otherwise nothing will get done); perfectionism (if I don’t do everything for my child, I’m a failure as a parent); and so on.

Dealing with stress is often a matter of shifting our minds from these extremes to accepting the grey areas in which we can accept the uncertainties of life, our lack of complete control, the good enough parenting.

These are admittedly difficult habits to break since our environment seems to encourage us to think in extremes. At Angus Munro Psychology our therapists work with many clients struggling with finding a realistic and manageable balance where they don’t have to compromise performance and efficiency for more comfort. We practice a wide range of techniques and different forms of psychotherapies to help you control your chronic stress level, for the purpose of improving your daily life functioning.

Can a psychologist or therapist help me deal with stress? Are there treatments that provide relief?

Thankfully, yes. Some of the short- and long-term treatments we provide, for example, include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and Schema Therapy, to name just a few.

These are evidence-based treatments that have proven to be extremely effective in providing relief—for work stress, personal issues, emotional difficulties, and life changes. Our Sydney-based practice is known for its cutting-edge psychological treatments, and our psychologists work with each individual to find a treatment that will address their immediate needs and that will help them make changes in their mental and physical habits.

Many people think that because stress is a part of life, they should be able to deal with it on their own. We believe that stress is a psychological condition that, like depression and anxiety, is complex and multi-faceted. Asking for help from a psychologist or therapist can provide immediate relief, and treatments are long lasting because they give you the skills to deal with challenges large and small. Treatment not only provides relief; it also positively affects your future quality of life and your happiness.

 

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