Coping with Anxiety and Stress
For some Christmas time can be a catalyst for stress and anxiety, so we hope these resources help support you over this Christmas period.
There is a fine line between stress and anxiety, but both are things we all experience at times in our life (especially during a global pandemic!). Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by an external trigger. There are both mental and physical symptoms of stress, such as fatigue, irritability, anger, digestive issues, and difficulty sleeping. Anxiety is different in that it is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor. However, anxiety leads to a nearly identical set of symptoms as stress. As a result, both anxiety and stress respond well to similar coping strategies. Physical exercise, a healthy diet, and good sleep habits are a good foundation, but there are many other coping strategies that we’ve linked below that can really help too.
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The Kind Mind Series
In this episode of the Kind Mind Series, Sebastian explains the difference between Stress & Anxiety, things you can do to relieve it, and the unhelpful behaviours we can get caught up in that don't help us along the way. This page also has many more helpful resources on stress and anxiety for you to explore.
Deep Breathing Animation - Calm
Click here to open up a simple breathing animation that assists you in taking deep meaningful breaths. This tool is simple but so effective at reducing panic and anxiety as you are experiencing it in the moment. As the bubble grows you breathe in, as it shrinks you breath out.
The No Panic Helpline
The No Panic Helpline operates between 10am and 10pm every day of the year, call 0300 772 9844. During the night hours the crisis message is played. The crisis message is a recorded breathing exercise that can help you through a panic attack and help you learn diaphragmatic breathing. You can also access the crisis message 24hrs a day by calling 01952 680835
SilverCloud: Online self-help CBT
SilverCloud offers secure, immediate access to online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programmes, tailored to your specific needs. CBT helps you identify and change those thought and behavioural patterns that have a negative influence on how you are feeling, helping you to make changes for the better. Try the modules on Space from Anxiety or Space from Stress through our Silvercloud webpage here.
Guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst a global pandemic
This is a free guide created by Psychology Tools with a mixture of psychoeducation about normal and excessive worry, lots of normalization, and a selection of practical exercises that you can use to manage worry and maintain well-being in these uncertain times.
Ten Percent Happier App
Life can be stressful - but meditation is scientifically proven to lower your stress levels. This app provides guided meditations and practical teachings you can carry anywhere. Here you can also find the 10% Happier podcast, where author Dan Harris talks with meditation pioneers, celebrities, scientists, and health experts about training our minds.