Everybody needs help from time to time, so ask for support whether it’s from friends, family, a doctor, a support group or helpline.
There are a variety of organisations that can help. However, if you feel that you are unable to cope with your stress yourself, then seek professional help and go to see your practice nurse or doctor. In order to help they will try and find out what is bothering you.
Friends and family – confide or speak to someone such as a friend or family member
Helplines/organisations – see support from a helpline or organisation that deals with problems such as housing, bereavement etc.
Support groups – people with common experience of difficulties who get together to support each other through sharing. Find out what groups are available in your area.
Living life – offers free online courses around low mood and stress
NHS choices moodzone – helps you cope with stress, anxiety and depression
Apps – well mind – a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help with your stress, anxiety and depression
It may be helpful to look at your tick list and what symptoms you have experienced.
Useful websites and helplines which you may like to contact for yourself.
There are many people your doctor can refer you to such as:
Having worked the various road to wellbeing pages, you may have expected that all your worries would be over and you would be living a stress free life! However the road to wellbeing is only the starting point, managing stress in our lives is something we all have to work at every day, including:
Understanding the stress in your life
Both helpful and unhelpful
Learning to recognise when you are stressed
Getting to know your personal warning signs will remind you to act early to try and prevent stress overload for yourself
Identifying where your stress is coming from
Try to deal with things that are causing you distress. Explore possible solutions but be realistic about what you can control. Ask for help when you need it
Making time for yourself
It is important to make time for yourself such as – relaxing, exercising etc.
Whichever way you choose, you can start to take control