The 9th – 15th of November marks National Psychology Week (NPW) in Australia.
What is the objective of NPW?
From the Australian Psychological Society (APS) website:
“The focus for National Psychology Week 2014 this year will be helping Australians to manage stress and increase their wellbeing, and to recognise when professional help is needed. In particular, the campaign will examine lifestyle factors that impact on health and wellbeing, and aim to provide guidance on psychological strategies to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle.”
This year, the APS conducted a stress and wellbeing survey on 1,602 Aussies and some of the results indicated the following:
- Women reported significantly lower levels of wellbeing than men
- More women than men said that stress was strongly impacting on their mental health
- The top stressors for women were money, family and personal health respectively
- More women than men believe that staying healthy is important
- Women were more likely than men to limit or eliminate alcohol to stay healthy
How can a Psychologist help with these issues?
- Teach you the difference between good stress (eustress) and bad stress (distress)
- Help you understand your triggers and early warning signs of unhelpful stress
- Encourage you to adopt healthy behaviours such as regular physical activity, pleasurable activities, building supportive relationships, and using assertive communication to enforce personal boundaries
- Help you break bad habits such as smoking, consuming alcohol and splurging on unnecessary purchases
- Help you become aware of your self-talk and understand how this could be linked to your subjective feelings of well-being and stress
- Teach you relaxation techniques such as mindfulness and progressive muscular relaxation to release physical tension and attain a calm psychological state
What are your thoughts about some of these results? What are some ways that you manage everyday stress and work on improving your wellbeing?
As always, feel free to reach out if you would like some support with any of these issues.