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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I have a very balanced life yet I still feel stressed, why?

    I exercise, eat well, sleep well yet often i feel very overwhelmed and stress, why is this so?
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  • Anthony Berrick

    Psychologist

    I agree with Grant - there are obviously lots of different factors that can contribute to stress so it wouldn't be helpful to try to guess without knowing more about you.

    However, I would also like to add that stress is a normal and unavoidable part of life! If you care about anything in life, then you're going to feel some degree of stress. Even if everything in you life is just how you want it to be - if you have a wonderful job, partner, friends, family, kids - just knowing that you could lose any of these precious things can make you feel very stressed indeed!

    Trying to eradicate stress altogether is unrealistic and can become a source of even more stress when you don't succeed. Instead, learning how to handle stress better so that it doesn't overwhelm you or stop you from doing what matters to you is likely to be more beneficial. This is where a good psychologist can help!


  • Ramona Singh

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    Life often presents us with challenging situations.Despite our best efforts, we don’t always find ways of resolving them.We might ask family or friends for advice. … View Profile


    It sounds as though you are doing everything you can to maintain physical health, for which I congratulate you.  Modern day life is inherently stressful, and most people don't find the time or motivation to look after themselves as well as you are able to do. 

    But if you are still feeling stressed despite your good physical health, I would be interested to know about the expectations placed on you, by yourself and others, of what you can cope with on a daily basis.  Do you have a full-time job?  Children?  A husband?  A busy social life?  Friends and family who support you, or place great demands on you?  Relationships which nurture you, or sap your energy?  Do you give yourself time to wind down after a busy day, or is that an unthinkable luxury for you?  Are you a perfectionist and/or a high achiever?

    You might find it useful to ponder these questions, and consider the level of performance that is expected of you, by yourself and others, and where in your life there is space and time to slow down and reconnect with yourself, and live your life in a way that brings you joy and a sense of meaning and personal fulfilment, rather than obligation.

    I wish you well in your search for a less stressful life.

    Ramona

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