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How to Tackle Stress

During this lockdown our mental health needs to be looked after,more than ever. We are experiencing a very unique time that many have never lived through. Inevitably,this is causing much stress to people, in different ways.

So what is stress? Stress is our bodies way of reacting to pressurised situations or events.

Symptoms of Stress:

  • feeling very agitated and/or restless

  • irritability

  • sleep problems

  • fatigue

  • weight gain

  • ‘foggy’ brain

  • reduced immunity

  • difficulty concentrating

Are you experiencing any of these?


Below Are Some Tips to Help


Firstly, see your GP to rule out any physical causes. They can also recommend any suitable treatments, such as anti-anxiety medication or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You can refer yourself to a local psychological therapies service, or download a mental health app to help manage stress.


  • practice mindfulness – regular meditation can help lower cortisol

  • exercise – it reduces levels of adrenaline and cortisol

  • vitamin B6 – a 2014 study in Nutrition Journal found chronic stress depletes levels of this nutrient. Eat whole grains, bananas and beans, or choose a vitamin B-complex supplement

  • magnesium – this mineral is needed for normal nervous system function, it can help rebalance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, according to a 2016 German study

  • breathe deeply from your abdomen – rather than high in your chest. This helps to lower cortisol levels, and reduce your heart and blood pressure and create your mind to slow down.

  • Dark Chocolate- this contains fibre and antioxidants which can help prevent cell damage from free radicals

  • sitting up straight- your posture can make a big difference. It can help you feel more confident

  • Nature- Get out for your daily walk. (within the government guidelines) Nature has an instant calming effect on the body

  • Music- Your favourite music can evoke good memories of happy times and lift your mood.


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