Everyone will experience some form of stress within their lifetime. People respond differently to stressful situations and not everyone will experience the same level of stress in the same situation.
When faced with a challenging situation or stressful event our bodies release stress hormones. These create physical changes in the body, which help us cope with the immediate situation. However, if the stress is ongoing and the physical changes do not subside, we may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.
Knowing yourself and how you respond to different situations can help you learn what works for you in terms of managing stress.
There are some signs to look out for which indicate our stress levels are negatively affecting our mental health and wellbeing:
Here are some practical strategies for managing stress when feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to cope:
By seeking support, it is possible to manage stress levels and feel more equipped to cope.
Graeme Holdsworth was a hugely successful project manager, responsible for building some of Australia’s most iconic buildings from Melbourne’s Crown to Sydney’s 1 Martin Place. He was renowned for his building and management skills. However, with all the stress, he realised his behaviours were starting to change. He started to yell at staff, blame others and withdraw from social occasions and ended up unemployed and divorced.
Eventually, he felt it would be better for everyone if he was no longer around. Today, Graeme speaks of his experience and recovery. As 80,000 Australians a year attempt or plan suicide and eight a day tragically take their own lives, he shares the many strategies he has put in place to keep himself alive and happy.