An ‘optimal’ level of stress, should motivate but not overwhelm us.

All of us will experience stress in our lives, it is important we understand what causes stress and how to manage. There is no one-size-fits-all solution but there are foundational mental and behavioural actions we can engage in to alleviate and prevent serious illness and the impact of stress.

What leads to stress

Stress occurs when an imbalance exists between environmental demands and an individual’s capacity to meet those demands. Some stress can produce positive results (e.g. competitiveness) and some stress can produce negative results (e.g. worrying or work overload). The aim is to reach our ‘optimal’ level of stress, which will motivate us, but not overwhelm us. Our bodies will let us know when we are feeling stressed, sometimes long before we are consciously aware of the reason for this. Importantly, people around us will often notice our reactions to stress before we do.

When stress should be addressed

If you find you are having difficulty sleeping, noticing changes in eating patterns, high levels of frustration and irritability, difficulty relaxing, feelings of being overwhelmed, and not coping with the day-to-demands of life, make an appointment. Don’t wait until stress has manifested in a way that affects your work, family, relationships, or health.

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Psychologist Berry


  • Exercise – regular exercise has many benefits. It does not necessarily mean training for an endurance race or power lifting at the gym. Taking time during the day to walk around the office, stretch or go outside for fresh air. 20-30 minutes a day walking can significantly reduce stress and improve your mood.
  • Eat well – stress levels and a healthy diet are closely related. Plan meals ahead with plenty of fruits and vegetables; avoid sugary snacks.
  • Breathe – focused breathing can generate relaxation in the body, quieten the mind and oxygenates your blood. Sit in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands on top of your knees. Spend 3-5 minutes slowly inhaling and exhaling, focusing on your lungs as they expand and contract.


Prostate Cancer Prevalence, Treatment and Effects

Prostate Cancer Prevalence, Treatment and Effects

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer affecting Australian males and is estimated to be the second most common cancer in Australia in 2020. So many of you reading this may know someone who has had prostate cancer

From Little Things Big Things Grow

From Little Things Big Things Grow

There are times when I say to a client “…look how far you’ve come. Remember when we first met…?” Just this sentence can be a topic of discussion. It is such a privilege seeing a person (or a couple) reflect on their own growth

What Psychological Assessment might my child or I need?

What Psychological Assessment might my child or I need?

At Shoalhaven Psychology Services we conduct a range of assessments that assist in providing you with diagnosis, recommendations and information about a number of issues such as Specific Learning Disorders, Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We can also assess for Giftedness in school-aged children.

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go”