As uncomfortable as it is, stress is a common part of life, particularly living in Sydney. At times, stress can be motivating and can help you perform well and solve problems. However, it can have a negative impact on you if it’s ongoing and hard to control. Our experienced psychologists at Healthy Mind Clinic can teach you ways to cope better with stress to improve how you feel.
Three parts make up your experience of stress. First, there is the stressor. Example stressors are relationship strain, difficult working environments, receiving bad news, daily hassles like Sydney traffic, and at the more extreme end, traumatic events. You can then experience stress in response to these stressors. Stress is made of responses in your body, emotions, behaviours and thoughts. If stress becomes hard to handle, you can then feel distress. Challenging levels of distress can cause significant anxiety, depression, and affect daily functioning. You can think of challenging distress as ‘excessive stress.’
Excessive stress is common. The 2017-2018 National Health Survey (conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics) found approximately one in eight Australian adults (2.4 million people) reported high or very high levels of excessive stress, a 12% increase from three years earlier (ABS, 2019). So you’re not alone if you’ve found it difficult to manage stress and want help with stress management.