1) Do an emotional needs audit
We have a number of innate emotional needs (or 'human givens') that, when they are not met, lead to stress. We also have the innate resources needed to meet these needs in our environment.
If you are not aware of these needs and resources then it's important to find out about them. Once you can see which needs are not being met and are causing you stress, it's easier to devise a plan of action to meet them. A good therapist will help you do this.
If you fancy doing an emotional needs audit of your life, use our online tool to help.
2) Learn to stop worrying
3) Challenge the negative thoughts that lead from stress to anxiety and depression
4) Look after yourself physically
Stress raises your cortisol levels which have a big impact on your physical wellbeing as well as your emotional state. It's important to remember to look after yourself in all the usual ways, getting enough sleep, eating well and taking regular exercise.
Find out more - the more you know about how to create and maintain good mental health the better chance you have to dealing with stressful situations we all come across in life:
How does deep breathing make you feel relaxed?
Think differently in 4 steps
How to stop worrying
Why do I wake up tired?
Buy a self help book
Attend a training course to find out more