One in four people will experience mental health problems at some time in their life. There are a number of ways we can enhance our mental well-being and reduce our vulnerability to mental illness.
You should always ask for advice from your GP if you are worried and feel you cannot cope alone. There are a number of services available which can be accessed directly or through your GP or other health professionals. For North Tyneside residents call our specialists on 0191 2952775 or our psychological therapies service in North Tyneside can support you if you have stress or anxiety. If you live in Northumberland you can also speak to our specialist health improvement practitioners on 01670 532013 for more support.
- If you feel stressed or overwhelmed you may find it helpful to take the stress test.
- Watch this short video to find out more about the common symptoms of stress.
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Some tips for dealing with stress
- Accept that stress is a natural part of life - a small amount of stress can help you cope with the challenges of daily life but you need to recognise what is an acceptable level of stress and what is harmful.
- Recognise the signs - easily irritated or angry, feeling very sensitive to criticism, drinking alcohol or smoking more and difficulty sleeping.
- Identify the things in your life that are causing you stress - you can then begin to find ways of coping with them or even avoiding them.
- Avoid eating high fat, sugary foods, drinking too much caffeine - these will give you an initial burst of energy and then your blood sugar levels will drop quickly leaving you tired and irritable. You should also avoid skipping meals.
- Increase your physical activity - exercise helps boost your serotonin levels, which are feel-good hormones.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help or to take up an offer of help.