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Do you often find your heart races, you breathe quickly (or forget to breath), and your muscles tense?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you could be suffering from stress-related symptoms. We at Peaceful Mind Psychology, a local Armadale clinic established on the values of kindness and empathy, are here to help with a team of highly trained stress psychologists.

Our personalised treatments are designed to understand the root cause of your stress and teach you strategies to overcome your stress and restore balance to your life.

So, what is Stress and how do you know it’s time to seek help?

Ironically, Stress is actually your body’s way of protecting itself. When you sense danger, your body will trigger an automatic response known as the fight-or-flight response, which releases stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline – that prepare you to respond quickly and effectively.

Once the threat passes, the physical effects of this reaction should fade and allow your body to return normal. If this doesn’t happen, then you may begin to experience chronic stress symptoms, including:

  • Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, irritable, or fearful
  • Loss of self-esteem and confidence
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or making decisions
  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Fatigue and sleeping difficulties/insomnia
  • A change in eating habits – eating too much or too little, with cravings for high fat, high sugar foods
  • Muscle pains
  • Dizziness or poor vision and/or nausea

Stress can be caused by an event or a sequence of events in your life, even by situations that may have seemed fairly benign at the time. Common causes of stress can range from work problems to family arguments, from personal bereavements to looming work or uni deadlines; even happy occasions like weddings and birthdays can leave you feeling stressed. Stress is designed to be helpful to us, as it is a “call to action” and we tend to perform better under a certain degree of stress. However, if stress is a frequent occurrence and it negatively impacts other areas of your life, then it may be time to seek help.