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Stress & Relaxation

Big life changes often create stress, even happy events like having a baby or planning a wedding.

Feeling like you aren't in control of events in your life – for example, if you're diagnosed with a serious illness or you get made redundant – can also cause stress.

Stress may be related to:

  • work – for example, unemployment, a high workload or retirement (see Beat stress at work)
  • family – for example, divorce, relationship difficulties or being a carer
  • housing – for example, moving house or problems with neighbours
  • personal issues – for example, coping with a serious illness, bereavement or financial problems

It's important to tackle the causes of stress in your life if you can. Avoiding problems rather than facing them can make things worse.

But it's not always possible to change a stressful situation. You may need to accept there's nothing you can do about it and refocus your energies elsewhere. For example, if you're a carer, find ways to take breaks and do the things you enjoy.

How to tackle stress and use relaxation?

You can't always prevent stress, but there are lots of things you can do to manage stress better. 

You could:

Other things that may help:

  • share your problems with family or friends
  • make more time for your interests and hobbies
  • take a break or holiday
  • take some regular exercise and make sure you're eating healthily
  • make sure you're getting enough sleep (see tips on better sleep)

Read how workaholic Arvind learned to deal with stress.

Outlook South West

Outlook South West offer psychological therapy services for people aged 16 and above in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Anyone who is registered with a GP practice in Cornwall, can access their NHS-funded therapies for mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression.

To register for help with difficulties such as: stress, low mood, worry, anger, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-refer by visiting their website

If you are concerned about your stress levels, feeling depressed or anxious please contact Reception to book an appointment with a member of our Stennack Team

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