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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the main causes of stress?

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  • Lifeline is a national charity delivering 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians. Lifeline connects people to a broad range of national … View Profile

    High levels of stress occur when our ability to deal with the challenges or difficulties facing us is stretched beyond capacity and we feel unable to cope. This stress may occur as a result of:

    • family and personal relationship pressures;
    • seemingly unresolvable problems and dilemmas;
    • issues with personal finances;
    • need for secure and safe housing;
    • ongoing health troubles;
    • violence and abuse;
    • parenting problems.
    Sometimes particular events will trigger high stress responses, such as moving house, separation and divorce, becoming a parent.
    Stress levels may also become very high in the workplace where work demands are beyond a person’s skills and capabilities, or where difficult situations in the workplace such as harassment and discrimination have occurred.
    High stress levels may also be generated through internal challenges, when our sense of self identity and self worth are being questioned. Issues of personal morality and purpose in life can generate  stress when these matters become bigger than our capacity to handle them in a routine way.

  • I am a Melbourne Relationship Counsellor and Family Lawyer who is skilful in helping people get out of the pain of relationship distress and create … View Profile

    The main cause of stress is when the external stimulus feels greater than our internal capacity to meet the demand. Stress is a part of life but it is when it becomes overwhelming for a significant period of time that it becomes harmful. We need to adapt our coping strategies so that we feel resilient and resourceful in meeting the external challenge. We may also need to change the external situation. There is alot we can do to learn to manage stress and to understand how it effects our life and well-being. If you are feeling “stressed-out” it is a good idea to talk to a Counsellor to see what it under-pinning your sense of over-load and to help you feel more peace. To your well-being!

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