Stress Management In Sydney
Stress and Burnout
Stress is a physiological response that can have a huge impact on your day to day life. In short bursts it can be a great motivator to get things done, but if stress hangs around your body has to work even harder which can lead to symptoms such as:
- sleeping issues
- problems concentrating
Studies have shown that in the long-term the chemicals involved in stress can have profound impacts on your health and well-being including:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- weakened immune system
- sexual dysfunction
Although the words stress and anxiety often get used interchangeably, the difference is important. Stress occurs when you are feeling overwhelmed by any number of things going on externally in your life, for example; getting all the work done for that big report. Anxiety is more about internalised worries around some type of upcoming threat such as “what if the boss doesn’t like my report?”
Therapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy aim to teach you the skills to manage the root causes of stress and make the changes to your life that will help prevent stress returning in the future such as developing relaxation skills.
Tips For Managing Stress To Prevent Burnout
Managing stress is incredibly important to prevent you from reaching burnout. Try some of these quick tips to get your started.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation – A great way to check in with your stress levels is through progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). PMR gets you to tighten and then loosen muscles in your body to create a contrast effect that allows you to notice where you are carrying stress and release some of your pent up tension. The easiest way to start is with the soles of your feet and then work your way up through your body all the way to the top of your head. Of course as you move through your body, keep in mind any injuries you may have and adjust accordingly.