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Stress

Videos

  • TED Talk: How mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains | Richard J. Davidson (2019)
    • Dr Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Davidson is also the Founder of Healthy Minds Innovations, which translates science into tools to cultivate and measure well-being. In this eye-opening talk, Richard Davidson discusses how mindfulness can improve well-being and outlines strategies to boost four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose.

 

Books

  • When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress | Gabor Maté (2003)
    • Gabor Maté shows that emotion and psychological stress play a powerful role in the onset of chronic illness, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis and many others, even Alzheimer’s disease. When the Body Says No is an impressive contribution to research on the physiological connection between life’s stresses and emotions and the body systems governing nerves, immune apparatus and hormones. With great compassion and erudition, Gabor Maté demystifies medical science and invites us all to be our own health advocates.

 

Self-Help Guides

  • Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide | World Health Organization (WHO)
    • This is a stress management guide for coping with adversity and aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress. A few minutes each day are enough to practice the self-help techniques. The guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises. It is informed by evidence and extensive field testing, the guide is for anyone who experiences stress, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.
  • Relaxation Techniques | Therapist Aid
    • An evidence-based article and guide by TherapistAid about relaxation techniques.

 

Research Articles

  • Effectiveness of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Deep Breathing, and Guided Imagery in Promoting Psychological and Physiological States of Relaxation | Loren Toussaint et al. (2021)
    • Research suggests that multiple forms of relaxation training (e.g., progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises, visualization, and autogenics) can help individuals reduce stress, enhance relaxation states, and improve overall well-being. We examined three different, commonly used approaches to stress relaxation—progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and guided imagery—and evaluated them in a head-to-head comparison against each other and a control condition. This study showed that progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and guided imagery all increased the state of relaxation.

Therapists specialising in Stress

Zvetlana Cassar

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Yasmin Muscat Monsigneur

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Shirley Buttigieg

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Gestalt Psychotherapist
Sharon Grima

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Counsellor, Social Worker & EMDR Trainee Practitioner
Noelle Camilleri

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Art Psychotherapist
Melissa Mifsud

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
Maria Mifsud

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Maria Darmanin

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Health Psychology Practitioner & Gestalt Psychotherapist
Margaret White

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Trainee Psychotherapist & Youth Worker
Luana Aquilina

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Resources about Stress

We know you’re tired

Written by Charlene Camilleri Duca
Covid-19 has impacted our lives in so many different ways. Ten months in and we’re still ploughing on, many people struggling with feelings of anxiety, low mood and frustration. We know this isn’t easy. We also know that one day at a time, with the support of one another, you will get through this. And when you do, you’ll emerge stronger, more resilient and more equipped to deal with life’…

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Turning your stressful morning commute into a healthy and productive drive

Written by Giulia Bertone
Traffic congestion in Malta is a painstaking reality which unfortunately, in some way or another, affects us all. The jammed roads packed with polluting emitting machines, loud honks and exasperated drivers take a toll on practically anyone around. From the pedestrians going about their business, the environmentally friendly guy who decided to ride his bike to work to the passengers on the bus who…

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The psychological benefits of reading

Written by Danjela Falzon
With an ever-increasing tendency for people to be glued to their phones or other devices, it’s easy to be pulled away from the reading of literature for simple pleasure. However, escaping into a good book is not only enjoyable, it’s good for your wellbeing and mental health. In this article by Gestalt Psychotherapist, Danjela Falzon, the benefits of reading are discussed, and guidance is provided as to how you can encourage the children in your lives to enjoy reading….

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The Power of Therapeutic Writing

Written by Clare Padovani
Many people assume that writing is just for writers or poets when, in fact, writing is for everyone and has been used for many years as a means of expression and healing. Therapeutic writing, in particular, has numerous benefits and takes a number of different forms, as explored in the following article by Clare Padovani, Gestalt Psychotherapist….

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The key to happiness and fulfilment – Cherish the present

Written by Maria Mifsud
We live in a hyper-busy world, where our pace of life is always frantic. Our minds are constantly occupied and we are forever up to something. With that in mind, I would like you, the reader, to take a moment and think about the last time that you did nothing – just 10 minutes doing absolutely nothing. And when I say nothing, I really do mean nothing. Therefore, no emailing, no texting, no inte…

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The Downside of Perfectionism

Written by Danjela Falzon
As I sit in front of clients who are relentlessly self-critical, pushing themselves to achieve one goal after another and suffering from anxiety, burnout and other mental health issues, I feel compelled to support them to understand where their perfectionism is stemming from and how it’s impacting their lives. I feel particularly passionate about this subject because of my own experiences of per…

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The cost of over-consumption on our well-being

Written by Danjela Falzon
We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. — Dave Ramsay Philosophers and spiritual leaders have condemned materialism for centuries, warning us of the dangers of seeking happiness and meaning through possessions. This is quite contrary to the messages we receive from our consumerist culture, telling us that if we just buy the latest pho…

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Shhhhhh! Behind Closed Doors: The Effect of Domestic Violence on Children

Written by Maria Mifsud
Have you ever wondered what happens to children who have, unfortunately, experienced domestic violence? Or what they might have secretly gone through behind closed doors? Some children, after a long day of school, instead of going back to a secure home have no choice but to witness unimaginable abuse. How do they manage to endur…

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