use easy time-management techniques to help you take control
plan ahead for stressful days or events – planning long journeys or making a list of things to remember can really help
consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website
listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides
do not try to do everything at once – set small targets you can easily achieve
do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better
try not to tell yourself that you're alone – most people feel stressed at some point in their life and support is available
try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve stress – these can all contribute to poor mental health
Further information and support
The mental health charity Mind offers more information on:
- dealing with pressure
- developing emotional resilience to help you adapt and bounce back during difficult times
Your Mind Plan on the Every Mind Matters website sends personalised tips and advice to your email inbox.
Where to get NHS help for stress
Referring yourself for therapy
If you need more support, you can get free psychological therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on the NHS.
You can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP.
See a GP if:
- you're struggling to cope with stress
- things you're trying yourself are not helping
- you would prefer to get a referral from a GP
Call 111 or ask for an urgent GP appointment if:
- you need help urgently, but it's not an emergency