Taking some simple steps can be the start of you taking back control
1. Talk and share your worries
Find someone you trust and feel safe to talk to.
2. Relaxation and mindfulness
Give yourself time to relax daily and practice mindfulness.
Practice some breathing exercises to ease worries and stress.
3. Challenge your thoughts
What is it that you are actually worried about?
Be positive; imagine your glass as half full, not half empty.
Instead of thinking you can’t do something, change your thinking to ‘I can’.
4. Face your fears
Avoiding fears makes them scarier, so taking the plunge and facing your fear head-on can help you overcome it.
5. Be kind to yourself!
Make healthy choices with your diet, what you drink and your lifestyle:
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Exercise regularly
- Focus on the things you enjoy, like music
- Try something new
- Have things to look forward to
6. Don't try to be perfect
We all have bad days. Bad days are normal. You’re not going to be in the best mood every single day.
So don’t try to be perfect. Set backs are normal, and often help to make us even stronger in the long run.
how to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
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