Stress & burnout

What is stress & burnout?

Stress is a natural and inevitable part of life. However, if we start losing sleep, cannot focus, feel constantly “on alert”, or experience negative impacts on our physical health, we may be experiencing unhealthy or chronic stress.

If this is you, you might wonder if this feeling will ever go away. The good news is that therapy can help you learn tools to increase your ability to tolerate stress, become more resilient, and prevent long-term impacts on your health and wellbeing.

Facts about stress & burnout

We are all different

Healthy stress helps motivate us to focus on a project or goal and subsides once that goal has been reached.

Healthy stress

Healthy stress helps motivate us to focus on a project or goal and subsides once that goal has been reached.

Burnout

When we experience burnout, we struggle to feel connected to our work, colleagues, and overall purpose. A 2022 study reported that 62% of Australian workers reported feeling burned out at work.

The body keeps the score

Chronic stress can impact your immune system, digestive tract, heart, and mental health.

Learning to manage stress can help by:

Identifying stressors - We can help you identify the sources of your stress and understand how they may be affecting you. By gaining insight into the specific stressors in your life, you can begin to develop strategies for coping with them.

Developing coping strategies - We can work with you to develop healthy coping strategies for managing stress and help you feel more in control of how you cope with stress.

Providing emotional support - We provide a safe and supportive space for you to express your feelings about stress and its impact on your life.

Building resilience - We can help you build resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from stressful experiences. By developing healthy coping strategies and improving your psychological flexibility, you can become more resilient to stress and better handle future challenges.

Tips to help with stress

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Exercise regularly

Exercise is a great way to manage stress and improve your overall physical and mental health. Start with 20-30 minutes of whatever you feel you can achieve today. This could be a walk, swim, stretch, run, or going to the gym.

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Practice relaxation techniques

Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm and well-being.

03

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can contribute to stress and make it harder to cope with life’s challenges. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and establish a consistent sleep routine.

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Time in nature

Spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce stress levels. This can be a walk in a park or time at the beach.

Resources for stress

One part of therapy is examining how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviour. Here is a resource you can use today to help you improve your ability to recognise ways of thinking that may negatively impact your mental health.

Get in touch

Identifying with these symptoms is the first step in creating positive change in your life. Reach out to us today to get started.