William Macaulay

Stress Management Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Perth, Western Australia

Phone 0401 316 977

for enquiries or appointments

Stress Management Counselling Perth

Stress is something that is part of normal life, in that it is experienced by everyone from time to time. 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 Wembley north of the river and Como south of the river, I offer counselling and psychotherapy 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 skills you need to minimise the symptoms and cope confidently with daily life.

 

Warning Signs of Poorly Managed Stress

 

These 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

 

Being able to control stress is a learned behaviour, and stress can be effectively managed. 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:

Learning relaxation skills can help you release the physical tension in your body which may be contributing to you experiencing excessive stress. Simple daily relaxation tools may be helpful, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, mindfulness exercises and non-strenuous exercises like yoga.

 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT):

CBT aims to assist individuals in realising that they can reduce their stress by identifying and modifying their negative thinking patterns. Once explored and challenged, these thinking patterns can be replaced by more positive beliefs and thoughts.

 

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Counselling & Support

If you are concerned about any aspect of managing your stress or would like to discuss any of the issues raised in this article, please contact me to make an appointment. Talking to a counsellor is an effective way to manage and gain a better understanding of your struggles. My approach is warm and respectful, and I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to support people through their difficult times.

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Perth Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Wembley near West Perth, Shenton Park, Subiaco, Floreat & West Leederville.

Suite 1/42B Salvado Rd, Wembley WA 6014

Perth Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Como near South Perth, Applecross, Manning, Kensington & Mount Pleasant.

Suite 15/11 Preston St, Como WA 6152

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