Over 1 million adults in Australia suffer from depression and over 2 million experience anxiety in any one year.
Surveys also reveal that stress levels in Australia remain very high with the majority of participants citing financial concerns as the leading cause.
I could go on and on with the statistics and surveys.
One thing is clear.
Stress and anxiety can happen to anyone. In fact, stress and anxiety are normal parts of our everyday lives. It becomes only a major problem when you’re constantly over-stressed that it affects your physical and mental health as well as your personal and professional life for the worse.
What are the top causes of stress
In order to properly reduce stress and deal with anxiety, it’s important to understand the different factors that may cause it.
According to research, these are the top causes of stress:
- Financial concerns like loss of job, medical expenses or debt
- Family and relationship problems such as divorce, arguments, or loss of someone close
- Personal health crisis e.g. a critical illness, or poor nutrition
- Workplace stress and pressure such as extra workload, tension with co-workers
How stress affects your life
For people who experience stress, about 77% report experiencing physical symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person. But in general, these are the common physical symptoms you should look out for:
- Fatigue and headache
- Upset stomach
- Muscle tension
- Changes in appetite
- Loss of sex drive or desire
- Teeth grinding
- Difficulty sleeping
Psychologically, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Irritability and angry outbursts
- Lack of energy
- Panic and anxiety attacks
- Feeling lost, confused and constantly worried
- Feeling uneasy, nervous and anxious most of the time
- Being overly sensitive
- Lack of motivation
How to manage stress?
From the physical to mental and emotional aspects of your life, there is an abundance of evidence how constant and debilitating stress can impact your life negatively. It starts manifesting in physical and mental symptoms until it affects your personal life and eventually your relationships.
But there’s good news.
You can overcome stress and anxiety. Whether you’re pressured because of work, you’re going through a nasty divorce or you always feel like bursting out in anger or tears, you can effectively manage stress.
There is a range of ways people manage stress. The top five stress-busters people resort to include watching TV or movies, spending time with family or friends, staying positive, reading books and listening to music. All these are aimed to help you relax, change your thinking and behaviour.
Unfortunately, other people also resort to coping mechanisms that may do more harm than good. Some overly stressed individuals resort to drugs and drinking. Others party hard and some withdraw from social situations altogether.
How speaking with someone can help
If you’ve been stressed and mismanaging it to a point of despair, it is time to seek help. If you feel anxious talking about what you’re going through with family or friends, this is where speaking with a professional can help.
Through stress and anxiety counselling, you can manage the symptoms of stress and anxiety in your life.
I am dedicated to helping my clients live happy and healthy lives, I am focused on providing therapy that will change your life holistically. I will help you get a better handle on your situation, understand yourself and overcome negative thinking and behaviours so you can take control of your life.
How can stress and anxiety counselling help you?
We can help clients realize the following counselling benefits:
- Understand the triggers and causes of stress
- Figure out effective and manageable solutions
- Alleviate physical and mental symptoms
- Overcome feelings of overwhelming anxiety
- Reestablish a renewed sense of purpose for your life
- Learn how to feel more calm and positive
- Effectively change negative behavior
- Develop a greater sense of control over your life
- Find happiness in the midst of difficult situations
No matter what you’re going through right now, one thing is for sure. You deserve to be happy. And I’m here to ensure you’ll be able to manage stress and overcome anxiety so you can start living your best life now.