Don’t stress this April

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Stress Awareness MonthAs part of Stress Awareness Month this April, health bosses in West Leicestershire want anyone who is suffering from stress to seek help. Decreasing your stress levels will have a positive effect on both your mental and physical health.

Dr Mayur Lakhani, a Leicestershire GP and Chair of West Leicestershire CCG said: “People can experience stress for many different reasons such as work, family life or worrying about money. Stress can lead to a number of very serious health problems including high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia, hyperthyroidism and depression.

“If you are feeling stressed, it is important that you find ways to manage it. This can be done by exercising more, eating well and staying hydrated, ensuring you get enough sleep, improving your time management and prioritising your physical health.”

Research into stress suggests that there are five steps that everyone can take to develop their emotional strength, de-stress and improve mental wellbeing. These are: 

  • Connect – invest time in developing your relationships with your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
  • Be active– take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning– developing new skills can give you a sense of achievement and build confidence. Why not sign up for a course or develop a new skill? 
  • Give to others– volunteering for a good cause or helping a neighbour can improve your mood, boost emotional wellbeing and help you build new social networks. 
  • Be mindful– be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this ‘mindfulness’. It can change your feelings about life for the better and help you approach challenges positively. 

Let's Talk-Wellbeing 

Anyone struggling with their mental health who is over 16 and living in Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland can access the Let's Talk-Wellbeing service. This service provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are known as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives.

It is normal to experience changes in your mood and behaviour at times of stress and emotional upset. Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. If these changes continue to affect you, then the Let's Talk-Wellbeing service could help.

People can discuss their mental health with their GP, who may arrange a referral for them. People can also contact the service directly to self-refer. For more information and contact details please visit the website of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who provide the service across Leicestershire.

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