The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thoughts over another (William James )

Stress occurs when the demands placed on you outweigh your resources and if this is prolonged it can cause anxiety and depression. Stress can cause you to feel overwhelmed, irritable, lacking in self esteem and fatigued. You may have racing thoughts, poor concentration , headaches, over eating and drinking or smoking more

Stress Management Tips

1.Connect with people who you value and who care for you such as family , friends or your partner.

2. Be active – why not go for a walk, take up a new sport , go to the gym or play football. Exercise releases endorphins and gives you more energy which will counter the stress

3. Keep learning – gaining new skills can enhance your confidence and self efficacy. If you are a foodie why not try a new recipe and invite friends around for tea or do an online course whatever you’re interested in start pursuing this as time waits for no one.

4. Give to others in time , kind words or a small gift . What you give you will receive and this will be rewarding for you whilst taking your focus of your stress.

5. Be mindful and present even if your mind is full of worries. Mindfulness improves your mood, concentration and decision making abilities. Why not try out a mindfulness app such as Headspace or Breathe.

Martina Renaud

Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist