Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don't Stress about Stress

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don't Stress about Stress

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NATIONAL Psychology Week (NPW) aims to increase public awareness about psychology, psychological issues and the role psychologists play in community well-being through three distinct initiatives:

National Psychology Week begins on the second Sunday in November each year and is an initiative of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The Australian Psychological Society has commissioned a survey of the stress and well-being of Australians to provide insight into the psychological health of the Australian population.

Research to date demonstrates a strong relationship between stress, well-being and psychological and physical health and functioning.

While stress is a part of everyday life, excessive amounts of stress have been linked to impaired functioning across a range of areas including home, work-life and relationships, and can impact on physical and psychological health.

What is stress?

Stress is often described as a feeling of being overloaded, wound-up tight, tense and worried. We all experience stress at times. It can sometimes help to motivate us to get a task finished, or perform well.

But stress can also be harmful if we become over-stressed and it interferes with our ability to get on with our normal life for too long.

What are the symptoms of stress?

When we are faced with a stressful event, our bodies respond by activating the nervous system and releasing hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones cause physical changes in the body which help us to react quickly and effectively to get through the stressful situation.

This is sometimes called the Cyfight or flight' response.

The hormones increase our heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, metabolism and muscle tension. Our pupils dilate and our perspiration rate increases.

While these physical changes help us to try to meet the challenges of the stressful situation, if the stress is ongoing and the physical changes don't settle down, they can then cause other physical or psychological symptoms.

These symptoms can include:

Headaches, other aches and pains

Sleep disturbance, insomnia

High blood pressure

Upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhoea

Weakened immune system

Heart disease

Anxiety

Anger, irritability

Depression

Fatigue

Feeling overwhelmed and out of control

Feeling moody, tearful

Difficulty concentrating

Low self-esteem, lack of confidence

Need tips on how to manage everyday stress? …

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