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Stress Less

A 'Five Ways to Wellbeing guide' and who to ask for help if you or a friend or relative are struggling with stress.

Staying well mentally is just as important as keeping physically well. Our mental wellbeing is about how we feel in ourselves and affects how well we function in daily life, including our ability to cope with stress. It is about feeling good and functioning well, as individuals, as families and communities.

Five ways to wellbeing

You can find out more on the NHS Choices website.

As individuals we can do a great deal to protect and promote our own mental wellbeing. Taking care of our own mental health suggests that there are 6 things we should be doing:

  1. Connect - connect with the people around you; with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours; at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will enrich you every day.
  2. Be active - go for a walk or run; step outside; cycle; play a game; garden; dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
  3. Take notice - be curious; catch sight of the beautiful; remark on the unusual; notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  4. Keep learning - try something new; rediscover an old interest; sign up for that course; take on a different responsibility at work.; fix a bike; learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food; set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
  5. Give - do something nice for a friend, or a stranger; thank someone; smile; volunteer your time; join a community group; look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you. 

This means that we should be trying to stay physically active, and that engaging in creative activities, meeting people, learning new skills, engaging in volunteering or work activities are beneficial to our mental health.

If things are not going well ask for help

If you're concerned about your state of mind and are feeling low or anxious, it's a good idea to start by talking about your feelings with friends and family.

If you prefer, you can visit your GP. Don't feel ashamed of how you're feeling. Worries about mental health are the second most common reason for visiting a doctor, so you're not alone. Mental health problems can affect people at any time of life and in different ways. In fact, a quarter of us will have problems with our mental wellbeing at some time in our lives.

Suicide prevention

The city of Wolverhampton takes suicide prevention very seriously.  In 2015, a multi-agency, city wide forum was established to oversee the development and implementation of the pdf icon suicide prevention strategy and action plan [1007kb].

If you are in distress or know someone who is, please seek help from a GP or call the Samaritans 116 123 or for young people aged up to 35, call HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41