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    Simple, unexpected stress relievers

    Here are some simple ways to relieve stress: Watch fish in an aquarium – it is very relaxing! Go to an art exhibition. You can focus your attention in a calm and quiet environment. Wash the dishes or do the vacuuming mindfully – repetitive actions can trigger the relaxation response. Sing – by yourself or in a group. Singing can…

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    Beating the stress of loneliness

    Loneliness is a major risk factor for stress. Loneliness occurs when we feel disconnected from others or rejected. As social creatures, we all need to feel a connection to someone who ‘gets us’ and values us. Loneliness can occur even if you’re in a group, especially if there’s no-one you can make a connection with. People differ in how they…

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    What stage are you at on the process of change?

    Recovery from stress and anxiety requires us to adopt thinking and behaviours which are more helpful to our overall wellbeing. The process of change isn’t necessarily easy and can require consistent work, but it’s vital for improvement. Often, severe distress is the catalyst for change, however people are at different stages in their readiness for change. Have a look at the “Stages…

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    5 ways to stress-less at Christmas time.

    Write things down. ‘Mind-dumping’ onto paper helps to organise thinking and settle you down if you have a tendency to over-think things. Writing a to-do list, a gift list, and a written menu for Christmas Day can decrease stress by making you feel organised. It can also help you settle off to sleep more easily, and provide a sense of accomplishment…