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International Day of Happiness 20 March 2018

More and more people are becoming unhappy and disullisoned with their lives ... and in tandem with longterm unhappiness, depression seems to be on the increase year upon year too. Is there a link?

Today is #InternationalDayOfHappiness which happens every year on the 20th of March around the world. This day is coordinated between the United Nations and the charity Action for Happiness whose patron is the Dalai Lama.

This year’s call for action is that people’s states of wellbeing and happiness are to be given more priority alongside growing the economy of the specific country. Read more to find out 10 things you can do to be happier.

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Unhappiness Depression

Long-term unhappiness depression can be changed. Find out 10 things you can do to feel happy right now.

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Anxiety Self Help strategies

Anxiety self help techniques and strategies are something positive you can do to give you more control in your life over anxiety rather than anxiety controlling you and your life

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anxiety stress

"anxiety stress" is a term often used by some people to describe their feelings of discomfort. But anxiety and stress are in reality two different conditions with different symptoms.

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Controlling anxiety is a skill you can learn.

Tired of living your life with anxiety controlling your every move? Learn tips on how to control anxiety.

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Today is International Stress Awareness Day 1 November 2017

 take matter of stress into your own handsDo you sometimes say you are stressed when in fact you are anxious or vice versa? Although stress and anxiety are two different conditions, do you think it is socially more acceptable to say we are stressed rather than anxious? Becoming aware of how your own body reacts when under stress is essential as your newfound stress awareness will help you to put on the brakes when your stress bucket gets too full. The idea is to maintain your stress levels to where you can function at your best, but to know your limits.

What can you do right now to de-stress? The one thing we always have with us for as long as we shall live, is our breath. Focusing on their abdominal breathing has been very helpful to other people experiencing episodes of stress. And focusing on your own abdominal breathing is something you can do right now.

Why not record the following lines on your mobile phone and you can then listen to your own instructions - even more empowering

  • Follow your breath and feel it go in through your nostrils
  • all the way down your throat and into your lungs
  • feel how your ribcage expands in your front...your sides...your back
  • watch how your belly pops up (like a sleeping baby)
  • and then follow your breath all the way back out of your body as you exhale
  • feel how your belly contracts as the stale air starts to leave your lungs
  • feel your ribcage contracting
  • follow the air up all the way up through your throat
  • from your throat ... into your mouth
  • and out through your mouth

How did that feel?

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World Mental Health Day - 10 October 2017

World Mental Health Day is taking place on Tuesday 10 October 2017. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of mental health issues and to encourage support of better mental health.

Mental health is something relevant to us all as we are all on a continuum of mental health. Sometimes we have good mental health when we have all our emotional, physical and psychological human needs fulfilled, but other times when we are distressed because of unfulfilled human needs our mental health deteriorates. This understanding of a fluid mental health continuum is essential as we are all in a state of varying degrees of wellbeing.

Mental illness can affect our thinking, emotions and behaviour. Therefore, mental illness can be very disruptive for someone to carry out their job, participate in their day to day living and relate to other people or engage in personal relationships. Sometimes mental illness require additional support and other times a diagnosis and treatment.

The World Mental Health Day theme of 2017 is "Mental health in the workplace". Work-related stress is on the increase. Although work gives us status and income we can also get stressed from the never-ending workloads, overbooked diaries and often sedentary work styles with a lot of us even eating our lunch at our desks. Fluorescent lights and climate controlled offices with one side of the room like an oven and the other side like a fridge puts additional physical stress on employees in the workplace. This is the perfect recipe for stress, anxiety, low mood and even depression related mental illnesses.

If you are reading this while you have been sat at your desk for the last few hours, why not go for a walk at lunch time (before your meal). Walking and other aerobic exercises are not just good for blood circulation, but increasing the heart rate for 20 minutes regularly also increase the body’s ability to produce its own natural anti-depressant hormone Serotonin.

When your stress bucket at work is getting fuller and fuller what strategies do you have in place to open the tap at the bottom to let out some stress?

If you are in Bridgwater on 10 October between 10 in the morning and 11 in the evening why not book to visit the Bridgwater Art Centre who has a full programme where you can try singing, gardening, music, knitting, drama, carpentry, storytelling, writing, yoga, painting and lots more. Click the link below for the full programme.

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