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Managing Stress and Anxiety


In our busy world, our minds often get wrapped up in the commotion of our everyday lives, and we may have a hard time slowing down. It is very easy to get stuck thinking about the past or worrying about the future, while forgetting to focus on the now. Mindfulness helps us be present, by bringing our attention to our thoughts and feelings without distractions and judgement. Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether it’s through meditation, self-reflection or even taking the time to pause and breathe before completing a simple task.

The Basics of Mindfulness Practice from

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Physical Symptoms

“I wish people knew that my mental health is so physical too”, Mellow Doodle, 2019.

Stress affects everyone differently, one of the best things you can do is understand how stress affects you, so you are able to work through it.

Some helpful techniques to use when you are feeling stressed include:

  • Talking about what is making you feel stressed.
  • Finding a way to relax that works for you, this could include going for a walk, meditation, listening to music or laughing with friends
  • Plan your week and prioritise your tasks
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Seek support

Headspace video – Stressed? Learn to reframe stressful situations with this short meditation.

Anxiety is a normal part of our lives but sometimes our anxiety can be difficult to manage, and it can interrupt our ability to complete our daily tasks.

Some techniques to use when you are feeling anxious include:

  • Practicing self-care – this includes eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising and connecting with others.
  • Talk about what is making you feel anxious with someone you trust
  • Being aware of your thoughts and the influence they have on your feelings
  • Breathing techniques – place both feet flat on the ground then breathe in deeply through your nose and out through your mouth for 2-3 minutes.