It’s normal to be worried or anxious from time to time, for instance ahead of a job interview or sporting event, or when doing something new. This is often a way of helping us to find solutions to current problems. Worrying can cause negative thoughts which can lead to a stress response.
The Steps to deal with stress booklet provides tips and practical advice on coping with stress in your life and covers recognising stress, getting ready, coping better, learning from bad experiences and taking action now. Simple steps such as relaxation exercises and talking to someone you trust can help you feel better and focus on addressing your problems.
Worrying all the time, or worrying about things outside of our control can impact on our mental health. If you are feeling stressed or constantly worried, it’s important to share the source of your stress or anxiety with a family member, friend, or your GP, who may help you maintain perspective. You can also ring Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. Textphone users can contact 18001 0808 808 8000. Interpreting support is available.
If you call Lifeline, you will speak to a qualified counsellor who can provide immediate help and support. Counsellors are experienced in dealing with:
many other issues.