As a society, we’re full of stress and anxiety and these issues can consume us. Often it is our thoughts, our situations, both past and present as well as worrying about the future that can become extremely overwhelming. So how do we recognise when we are feeling stressed or suffering from anxiety? How do we address these issues when we still feel shame in admitting that we are in need of help? As a voice community, not only do we have to be our best selves when we show up to work every day, but so many of those we serve are also suffering from these silent illnesses.

In today’s episode, Donna Cameron, who is a registered psychologist with over 16 years -experience, dives deep into describing the symptoms and warning signs of stress and anxiety, the physical, mental and emotional changes that occur in our bodies when we are experiencing those conditions, and how our community and health system currently deal with these issues. Donna discusses how managing your stress cup is a powerful tool to help overcome these difficult health problems. She also offers an insight into the impact of COVID-19 on mental health in our society and shares some practical strategies that the voice teaching community can implement to deal with these issues in the studio, especially with students who are in need of attention.

About Donna Cameron

Donna has been a qualified psychologist for over 16 years working with children, adolescents, adults for anxiety, breakups and marriage/couples counselling . Based on her knowledge and experiences, she has written a self-help book called “Managing Your Stress Cup” and has a podcast “On the Couch with Donna Cameron”. She is often called upon to comment in printed publications and on the News. Donna is passionate about helping people and presents them with practical strategies that they can understand and implement. Her aim is to take the fear out of mental health and feels that when clients understand the language of their emotions that they can then make positive changes in their lives and for their mental health.

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