Stress is the body’s way of responding to demand or pressures. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. In many cases stress is a healthy reaction. It helps us cope with life’s challenges. However too much stress, or prolonged stress can affect our physical and mental health. Taking steps to cope with situations we find stressful is important so we can function and live productive lives.

If you are experiencing high levels of stress talk to your GP, a Counsellor or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

What are the causes?

Everyone responds differently to stress depending on personality, cultural background, social circumstances, past experiences, stage of life, support networks and the situation we find ourselves in. A situation one person finds stressful, another person may consider normal or even fun e.g. flying in a plane may be terrifying for one person and pleasurable for someone else.

Causes of stress can include:

  • Interpersonal relationship problems
  • Personal or family illness
  • Conflict e.g. bullying or harassment
  • Death of a relative or friend
  • Work or study pressures
  • Traumatic events
  • Financial problems
  • Concerns about life direction
  • Job loss/insecurity
  • Pressures from competing demands or a combination of the above

Signs of stress

  • Lack of motivation
  • Sleeplessness or over sleeping
  • Moodiness
  • Headaches
  • Lack of concentration
  • Feeling overwhelmed or anxious
  • Reliance on alcohol or other substances to cope
  • Increase eating, drinking or nervous habits
  • Not coping with demands or responsibilities


What can help?

Talk to someone. This helps release negative feelings

Visit your GP to check your physical health and general wellbeing

Exercise. This triggers a chemical response that releases positive feelings

Take time out. Relaxing and doing activities you love can recharge your mind and body

Thinking positive thoughts and know that this will pass.  It’s important to be possitive.
Where to get help?

Visit your GP to rule our physical symptoms and for treatment options
Call Lifeline 13 11 14