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William Macaulay

Stress Management Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Perth, Western Australia

Phone 0401 316 977

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Stress Management Perth

Stress is something that is part of everyday life, in that it is experienced occasionally by everyone. In small doses, stress can be a good thing, such as when it provides us with extra endurance and motivation to get something done. However, some people suffer from stress which is so frequent or so severe that it can cause people to feel overwhelmed or pushed to the limit.

 

Successful stress management requires knowing how to control the stress factors in your life. Conveniently located in Como/South Perth and Wembley/Subiaco, I offer counselling services that can help you develop the tools you need to feel confident and in control, no matter what stress your face. Learning how to manage your stress constructively can help you find relief and develop the tools you require to reduce the symptoms and cope well with daily life.

 

Warning Signs of Poorly Managed Stress

 

Here are some of the typical warning signs of poorly managed stress that may reduce your quality of life:

  • Irritability or moodiness

  • Anxiety

  • Back and neck pain

  • Frequent headaches

  • Muscle tension

  • Chest pains or rapid heartbeat

  • Increased blood pressure

  • Insomnia

  • Upset stomach

  • Changes in appetite

  • Rashes or skin problems

  • More susceptible to colds and flu

 

Causes of Stress

Stress can originate from a variety of sources such as:

  • Relationships with others

  • Work-related issues

  • Study demands

  • Coping with illness

  • Major life events such as marriage, a new baby, a new job, retirement, divorce or the death of a loved one

  • Managing day-to-day activities

  • Juggling numerous tasks at the same time

 

Strategies to Manage Stress

 

The ability to manage stress is a learned behaviour, and stress can be effectively controlled. The following strategies may help to manage your stress.

 

Identify What’s Causing Your Stress:

Stress is often experienced when the demands presented are greater than the resources you have available to meet those demands. Identify your stressors and develop a plan for addressing them. Consider eliminating, regulating or better managing any of the items that are within your control.

 

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices:

  • Eat nutritious food

  • Obtain sufficient sleep

  • Engage in regular physical activity - for many people, walking, running, or swimming is helpful

  • Take time out for family, friends and recreational activities

  • Avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

 

Relaxation:

The body often responds to stressful situations with muscle tension. Performing simple daily relaxation techniques can help release muscle tension, such as progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, mindfulness exercises, meditation, yoga and engaging in pleasant activities.

 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT):

CBT involves working with a psychotherapist who will help you recognise that you can reduce your stress by identifying and modifying any inaccurate and negative thinking patterns. Once identified and challenged, these thinking patterns are replaced by more positive beliefs and thoughts.

 

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Support & Counselling for Stress

If you feel ready to explore the underlying causes of your stress, please contact me to make an appointment. Talking to a counsellor is an effective way to examine and manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviours that contribute towards feeling stressed.