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Stress is a natural, normal process that all people experience. It is a physical, emotional, and mental response to an external event that you feel overwhelmed by, or fear you may not be able to cope with.
The physiological symptoms of stress are often short-lived, preparing you for either ‘fight’ or ‘flight’. Stress can cause your heart to beat faster, your breath to quicken, your stomach to feel unsettled and your sweat glands to activate. In moderate amounts, stress is not a problem. In fact, can be quite helpful to motivate you to act, whether that is running away from physical harm or knuckling down to get a work assignment finished.
The threshold for a ‘healthy’ amount of stress is different for everyone. It is based on the stressor, the perception of one’s internal resources, and a range of attitude and personality factors.
When stress is prolonged, or extremely heightened, it can become problematic for your health. While stress itself is not a clinical disorder, it is a risk factor for several physical and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. Most of us live busy lives full of stress, so learning to identify unhealthy stress and develop strategies to manage it is an important protective factor for our health.
While different things lead to stress for different people, there are a few common incidents/situations (known as, stressors) that many people find difficult to manage.
Common stressors include:
Everyone responds differently to stress. New research suggests there are genetic differences in the way that our bodies express stress hormones, making some people more vulnerable to stress than others. Where one person may thrive in a high-pressure work environment another may feel overwhelmed and inefficient. According to the Yerkes Dodson Law, we each have a ‘comfort zone’ within which we operate effectively under stressful conditions. Levels of stress beyond this comfort zone can lead to negative emotionality, exhaustion, and poor health. While ‘problem stress’ is not a diagnosis, it can be very impactful and plays a major role in the development of clinical disorders such as anxiety and depression. It is therefore important to be aware of what too much stress feels like in our bodies.
Unhealthy or prolonged stress often affects us in the following ways:
Chronic stress takes a physical toll. Every major system in the body is affected, leading to a range of health concerns. Reproductive issues, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, chronic fatigue, and cardiovascular disease have all been linked to problem stress. Stress has also been found to impact the immune system making you more prone to infection.
Many of the symptoms of prolonged stress are also present in several mental health conditions, particularly generalised anxiety disorder, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. If left untreated, these disorders can severely impact your ability to function and enjoy daily life.
Developing effective strategies to manage harmful, prolonged stress has benefits on both our physical and emotional wellbeing.
The first step is to become aware of your reactions to stressful events. Consider a stressor you encountered this week. On a scale of 1-5 how stressful did you consider it to be? What were your thoughts and feelings about the event? Did your behaviour change in reaction to it (e.g. did you have trouble sleeping, eat unhealthy food, smoke or drink more than usual?) Were you able to calm yourself down? If so, what was most effective?
Secondly, remember to engage in behaviours that help to manage and reduce stress. These healthy behaviours are also considered protective factors for mental health in general. These include healthy routines, exercise, engaging in activities that recharge you and managing situations or potential conflicts that will lead to further stress. It’s no surprise that these behaviours can be hard to put into practice when you are feeling overwhelmed, so having an idea of the things that help you destress and practicing these habits can help you to put this into practice in the moment more effectively.
Finally, if you need some further support in managing stress, reaching out for help, whether from a friend, family member or accredited psychologist may be the most important action you take.
While there are many ways you can manage stress on your own, working with a registered psychologist will ensure you are receiving evidence-based care that is customised to your specific circumstances.
Therapy can help you to better understand your triggers and responses to problem stress and help you learn strategies to more effectively respond across different domains of life. You can book a session with a registered psychologist within 24 hours via our online portal. Select your psychologist based on their bio to find the practitioner best suited to help you.
Just like face-to-face psychologists, our Registered Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), listed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and individually approved by My Mirror.
We ensure all of our Clinical Psychologists and General Psychologists have current registration to practice with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and are listed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). My Mirrors ensure all of our psychologists have the required credentials and qualifications, and have relevant experience in the treatment of adult mental health issues. They also undergo an interview process conducted by a team of us at My Mirror, to ensure they uphold the highest of standards in ethical care and work in line with evidence-based practices to guide your therapy.
My Mirror is an online psychology service available to anyone (within Australia) aged 13 years and over.
If you are aged 16 years or under, by using the My Mirror service you confirm that you have parental, guardian or GP consent.
Note: If you are under 13 years of age and interested in using our service, please contact our admin team on 1800 809 406 or email@example.com. This will allow us to help you find a psychologist suited to your needs and explain the parental, guardian or GP consent we require before you use our service.
My Mirror supports private fee and medicare benefits. Please see full details in our pricing page.
A MHCP (mental healthcare plan) entitles you to Medicare* rebates for psychological treatment by registered psychologists. Under this scheme, individuals diagnosed with a mental health disorder or concerns can access up to 20 individual Medicare subsidised psychology sessions per calendar year.
*Medicare eligible clients
For private fee sessions that are not eligible for medicare rebates there is a price difference between booking your online session with a general psychologist and a clinical psychologist. If you have private insurance you may still be eligible to claim your sessions - please check with your provider.
At My Mirror we know how important it is to get access to mental health support, when and where you need it most. That’s why we provide bulk-billed sessions to those with a valid Medicare card living in Australia that meet certain criteria. For further information see our Bulk-billing page.
You may be eligible to use My Mirror telehealth services from just $96.50/session, if:
You may be eligible to use our telehealth services for a reduced cost, if**:
*For more details on rebates, discount codes and pricing structures please read our Terms of Service.
**For further information about employer discounts and private health insurance please speak to your employer and/or your private health insurance provider.
If you're looking to develop the tools required to build agency and strengthen your psychological resilience, then My Mirror is the right digital psychology service for you. We want to connect you with the right therapist for your needs, so you can take control of your mental wellbeing and become a healthier you with more productive relationships. My Mirror psychologists are all fully equipped with a wide range of expertise, and help treat the full range of Australians with varying levels of psychological distress.
Our psychologists treat specific mental health concerns such as, or associated with: stress, anxiety, depression, prenatal and post natal depression, relationships, parenting related issues, family conflict, addictions, drugs and alcohol, sleep issues, eating disorders, LGBT matters, bullying, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), religion, self-esteem, grief and more.
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