Stress and social interactions

Use your support network

Whatever you are going through remember that you don’t have to go through it alone. Make use of your support network.

Family and Friends

Not everyone is able to have these sorts of conversations, and don’t blame them for that as it’s hard, but try to find those friends and family that are able to provide effective support. There are plenty of people around with the empathy and ability to listen than can provide you with fantastic support.

Even if no one is able to really dive into the subject with you, just chatting about issues can still help. It may be that just chilling with friends is enough to reduce your negative emotions and help in a big way

Work

Speak to your line manager, HR department, union reps, or Paranimo. When I got some cognitive behaviour therapy a few years ago, I told people I worked with what I was doing and in the space of about week had 4 people ask me to help them do the same. Don’t worry about people having a negative view of asking for help. Almost everyone understands the importance of mental health issues, now. They are probably waiting for the moment to open up themselves and haven’t found the courage yet.

GP

Tell your GP. The NHS may be slow to react but they do have resources and counsellors in place to help.

Stand up for yourself

If you are feeling overwhelmed then it’s OK to turn down extra responsibility. You might need to be prepared to say no more often than normal, as agreeable people are inclined to try to help others by nature. That might not be what is best for you, though, and it’s OK to focus on yourself when you need to.

Similarly, if you feel people are being unfair or overly demanding then you may need to say so – provided there will be no serious repercussions for doing so, of course.

Other Resources

Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness? The first thing that a lot of people think of is someone doing a Yoga position making that cliche “hmmmm” noise…it’s doesn’t have to be anything like that. Mindfulness is about being aware (or as aware as you can be) of the feelings and sensations going on within and around you in

Meditation videos

If you fancy listening to examples of meditations, check out these great videos. Anxiety – 10 minutes Depression – 10 minutes Sleep – 1 hour Learn to let go – 35 minutes Confidence – 27 minutes Self Image and Self Esteem – 11 minutes Detach from Overthinking – 42 minutes

How to Meditate

Like any skill, meditation takes practice.  Below are a few steps you can take to begin a meditation. Set a timer and give it a go!  1) Find a place where you can sit quietly and undisturbed. Keep your posture upright.  2) Set a time limit. If this is your first time, try 5 –

Why Meditate

Why Meditate? Research has shown that meditation can have both physiological and psychological effects.  While researchers do not yet fully understand how meditation works, the benefits are clear.  Positive physiological effects include: a lowered state of physical arousal reduced respiration rate decreased heart rate reduced physiological indicators of stress Some psychological and emotional benefits can

Meditation Definition

Definition Meditation is a practice in which a person uses techniques such as mindfulness, to encourage a state of awareness and focussed attention. This can help achieve a state of mental and emotional calm and stability.  Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the here and now, and have your full attention on what