Mental Health Awareness Week 2018
15 May 2018
How to cope with Stress
This year Mental Health Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018) is focusing on stress and how we’re coping with it.
We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – it’s part of everyday life. But when you’re overwhelmed by stress it may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.
To kick off Mental Health Awareness Week you can find a guide which provides information on how manage and reduce stress. The document specifically focuses on:
- what stress is
- what the signs of stress are
- what simple steps you can take when feeling stressed
- practical advice for preventing stress
Look out for more tips to encourage positive mental health and tips to de-stress this week.
Take a deep breath
Learning to breathe more deeply can make you feel a lot calmer and increase your sense of wellbeing. Take five minutes to try out this simple breathing exercise. Once you've got the hang of it you can use this technique anywhere - at work, at home or on the bus or tube - anytime you feel your stress level rising or need a moment of calm.
Remember there are also lots of free mindfulness apps available to download to your smartphone and tablet. Some of the most popular apps include Headspace, Calm and Mindbody. These apps include breathing exercises, body scans (focusing attention to body parts, from the toes and up towards the head) and meditation.